European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is an EU-funded programme which enables the creation of interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. COST has been in constant growth since its creation in 1971 and is currently supported by 38 Members and 1 Cooperating Member. Through its funding of research networks and with approximately 45.000 researchers and innovators with expertise in different fields involved in COST Actions and widespread all over the world, COST contributes to the competitiveness of the European Research Area.
What makes COST different from other funding programmes 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 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 session Histoires : fonder la société, COST will be represented by Professor Giovanna Leone, Member of Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union, COST Action IS1205. Prof. Leone will be presenting on the topic of Raconter la violence au-delà des générations. The aim of this Action was to advance knowledge on the role played by social representations of history in processes of ethnic, national and European identities construction and intergroup conflicts. It coordinated research on the psychological antecedents of lay representations of history, on their content and structure, on their transmission through history textbooks and other media, and on their social psychological effects in shaping attitudes. Related link: www.cost.eu/actions/IS1205
Here are the links to other COST Actions that relate to the main topics of Rencontres, Recherche et Création: