Malta's participation in Europe's oldest research cooperation frame- work

Authors: J. Mifsud

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Issue: Xjenza Online Vol. 3 Iss. 1 - August 2015

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European re- search framework supporting networking and knowledge sharing amongst science and technology communities in Europe. It does not fund research as such but greatly facilitates the networking and the coordination between researchers working on nationally funded research across Europe. The wide range of networking activities suppor- ted by COST, such as meetings, workshops, short term scienti c missions, publications and training schools and easy administration made it even very amenable to re- searchers based in Malta. Since 2011 Malta has par- ticipated in a constantly growing number of running COST Actions and this has resulted in better exposure opportunities for them. More importantly, early stage researchers have been given an invaluable opportunity to increase their contacts circles in their elds of interest. This has resulted in unique opportunities for participa- tion and networking in research for researchers based in Malta on a European scale.

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