COST Actions are science and technology networks open to researchers and stakeholders. They are set up to achieve specific objectives within their four-year duration, centred around the creation, diffusion and application of knowledge in the frame of the COST Action. These objectives can be reached through a wide range of networking tools supported by COST, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities.

Meetings, Workshops and Conferences

Meetings are organised by COST Action Management Committees in any COST country participating in the network. They can be of different types, such as Management Committee meetings, Working Group Meetings, Workshops and Conferences. They may be open to the whole scientific community and provide visibility opportunities for the COST Action. COST will contribute to the travel and subsistence costs of participating scientists, and to the organisation costs of the meeting.

Conference Grants

Conference grants help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action.

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country. They are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories. STSM are intended especially for young researchers.

Training Schools

COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through Training Schools. Training Schools can be organised by a COST Action on related research topics and can provide dissemination opportunities for an Action’s activities. Training Schools provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Action. Participants are mainly, but not exclusively, young researchers involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.

Dissemination Activities and Publications

Disseminating scientific results achieved by COST Actions is a core value of COST. COST encourages and supports COST Actions and their participants to disseminate the outcome of their research to other COST science and technology networks, the wider scientific community, policymakers, the media and society at large. COST supports its Actions by funding a series of visibility opportunities and dissemination/publication activities.

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