COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks, which, since its creation in 1971, has been in constant growth. Supported by 36 Member Countries and one Cooperating State, COST has approximately 45.000 European researchers, engineers and other experts, participating in different fields, widespread across the COST Member Countries and all over the world. Through its funding of research networks, COST contributes to the competitiveness of the ERA (European Research Area).

What makes COST different from other funding organisms is its « bottom-up » approach, its flexibility and its openness to all kinds of scientific and technological horizons: the research priorities, the investigation of new themes, the formulation of new questions and new approaches, are all defined by the research community working together, to which other stakeholders from the civil, political and industrial societies are invited to join. The new selection procedure for the « COST Open Call » especially encourages the interdisciplinary themes. The goals of the ‘Rencontres’ and the structure of the event fit in perfectly with the aim and values of COST:

  • be a place for constructive arguments between different European or international research trends in Social and Human Sciences, and in Cognitive Neurosciences;
  • investigate (explore) new research perspectives, when it comes to purposes, methodologies, approaches, thanks to the interdisciplinary dialogue;
  • testing out new ways (methods) for dialogue and cooperation between artists and economic and cultural stakeholders, and researchers;
  • take into account the contribution of the creation in terms of knowledge, possible research grounds, and even new ways of experimentation.

As part of the "Dignity and heroism" session, COST will be represented by Professor Sabrina Corbellini, Chair of COST Action IS1301 (New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe). Sabrina will be presenting on the topic of dignity and spirituality in the medieval city. The aim of this Action is to coordinate research activities being currently developed at several European universities and research institutes and create a (virtual) centre of expertise for the study of religious culture in late medieval and early modern Europe, a period traditionally depicted as one of great cultural discontinuity and binary oppositions between learned (Latin) and unlearned (vernacular) and ecclesiastical hierarchy and the lay believers.


Related links: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1301 

Below you can find some COST Actions that relate to the “Rencontres Recherche et Création” main topics:

In search of transcultural memory in Europe (ISTME)

Evolution of reading in the age of digitisation (E-READ)

New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter

Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics 

From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy

European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques

Advancing effective institutional models towards cohesive teaching, learning, research and writing development

Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT)

Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe

For further information about the Actions, please go to the link indicated.

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