For the future of science it is a crucial fund and option to explore areas not covered in current programs and also to add a meta shell to fragmented research.
A joint conference organised by EPSU and HOSPEEM took place in Vilinus on the 23rd and 24th of May with the support of of the Lithuanian EPSU affiliate Lietuvos sveikatos apsaugos darbuotojų profesinė sąjunga (LSADPS).
Without COST funding, me and other researchers would have to rely on ever-scarce local funding for networking, e.g. We need COST Actions as a stepping stone towards competitive EU project proposals for coordination!
As the Chair of the COST Action FA1404 I can see how paramount are the activities led by COST.
The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union in 1993 and introduced European citizenship.
the EU in 2016 generated a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of 16.477 trillion US dollars, constituting approximately 22.2% of global nominal GDP and 16.9% when measured in terms of purchasing power parity.
The Communities and its successors have grown in size by the accession of new member states and in power by the addition of policy areas to its remit.
It concerns research and discourses that cannot be carried out under set research plans of universities and research institutes.
The presentation by the European Commission of their proposal for the post-2020 EU budget was the central point of May’s first plenary session, which also included a debate with Belgian PM Charles Michel on the Future of Europe.
COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond.
The COST Action I am a member of had a huge, unquestionable impact on the field of quantum thermodynamics.
This field has been dormant for several decades and it was amazing to see how in a very short time a very active community formed due to the COST activities: the conferences, work meetings, and the short-term scientific missions.
I hope the COST budget will not be cut to maintain such tremendous societal, scientific and commercial impact.