Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Short-term scientific missions (STSMs) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state.

These scientific missions may last up to six months in another COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbour Country joining the Action. Their aim is to foster collaboration in excellent research infrastructures and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory.


Call for Proposal for STSMs - Summer 2023


COST Action-18204 invites proposals for Short Term Scientific Missions conducted by members of the Action. The application is open to proposals outlining specific projects undertaken by the visiting researcher at the institution of the host in relation to the aims and objectives of the Action. STSM’s are always to be carried out in countries different from the candidate’s base country. Several STSM’s may be carried out simultaneously to the same host institution with a view of constituting a research hub. The aim of the STSM’s is to prepare joint publications and projects that fulfil and further the aims of the Action.

The STSM’s may concern any aspect of digitization and placemaking described and listed amongst the objectives of the Action. The project is expected to be well-defined and the timeline will need to be realistic and harmony with the aims and objectives of the Mission. STSM’s may concern: joint publications, scholarly articles, plans concerning digital developments and any other scholarly and scientific activities in the scholarly fields identified in the Action. Proposals concerning digital pedagogy will be particularly welcome.


Call for Expression of Interest to Conduct Workshop

Slovenia, May 8-12, 2023

Within the COST Action CA18204 Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in Europe´s cities a one-week training school is planned for the week May 8-12 2023, to take place in Ljubljana and Koper/Capodistria (Slovenia). It aims to present the experiences of the members of our COST Action in the field of methodologies for researching place-making processes, with a particular focus on contested historic sites. In fact, the practical part of the workshop will take place in the multicultural historic town of Koper/Capodistria, located on the Slovenian coast, just on the border with Italy, a place marked by turbulent demographic changes throughout the 20th century. The one-week training school is foreseen for ca. 25 participants, where the presenters/lecturers are participants themselves, thus their presence on all the days of the workshop is anticipated. With this Call we are looking for colleagues to conduct a workshop within the training school (one morning or one afternoon), in other words - to teach the sessions. We are inviting the COST Action members to propose contributions to the training school's topic that draw from one’s own research. We particularly welcome methodologies with potential practical application at the venue site. An added value of the proposed contribution is if it relates to the digitalisation of the (research of) place-making process.


Training schools 

COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through training schools. Training schools offer intensive training of up to 15 days on an Action topic, on the premises of one of the Action participants. Trainees are typically, but not exclusively, young researchers from across Europe. These schools may also cover relevant retraining as part of lifelong learning.


Conference grants 

Conference grants for young researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries have recently been implemented. These grants help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not organised by a COST Action.


Communication and dissemination activities

Sharing scientific results achieved by COST Actions is a core value of COST. The communication and dissemination of the project outcomes are essential in EU research funding. COST encourages and supports Actions to share the outcome of their research with their research community, and, if relevant, with other audiences such as policymakers, the private sector and civic society, e.g. NGOs.

We will announce STSM opportunities through this COST Action in the coming months.
Stay tuned!

STSM Leader

Prof Isabel LOUSADA