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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. »

Two COST Actions are represented at this year’s event:

Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT) (COST Action CA15101). The aim of this Action is to discover throughout a comparative approach, the causes, manifestations and effects of conspiracy theories in different regions and times, and draw on insights from history, politics, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and psychology. All those fields of study are embraced by “Rencontres Recherche et Création”. But more specifically, the Action is relevant to one of this year’s ‘grand theme’: that of ‘Croyances, adhésion et conscience’. Conspiracy Theories are hugely relevant due to their great impact in our current media and political systems.

Related link: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15101

Consciousness: A Transdisciplinary, Integrated Approach (COST Action BM06005).Consciousness is considered to be one of the most significant scientific problems nowadays. This COST Action contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms associated with consciousness by creating a strong network of investigators focusing on fundamental issues, technologies, experimental paradigms, and clinical, societal and ethical implications. This Action will bring an added value to one of the main subjects of this year’s event which is that of consciousness.

Related links: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/bmbs/BM0605 
and http://www.coma.ulg.ac.be/CATIA/index.html

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)

WOOD MUSICK

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

New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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

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

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