EU programs of COoperation for Science and Technology (COST) strive to support European scientists in their networking activities.
Pursuing this aim, COST Actions include special programs called ‘Short-Term Scientific Missions’ (STSMs). These short-term missions allow researchers to learn from an institution based in another country of the COST network - a mechanism of particular interest to early career researchers.
Over the course of 2014 many of our early career researchers embarked on these missions to a variety of research centres in different parts of Europe. These consisted of 5 to 14 days trips where researchers engaged with others about their research, developed ideas for new research projects and started developing ideas for joint articles with their hosts.
A year later, we are starting to collect feedback and have asked these researchers to share their experiences here with you.
Keep an eye out for these over the coming weeks.