Next Generation of Young Scientist: Towards a Contemporary Spirit of R&I (Sci-GENERATION)

Next Generation of Young Scientist: Towards a Contemporary Spirit or R&I (Sci-GENERATION) is the second Targeted Network approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials. The first Management Committee meeting was held on 13 November 2013.

Sci-GENERATION is a new COST initiative that aims at elaborating contemporary scientific thought and thereby disseminating a new Spirit of Research and Innovation in Europe. These aims will be developed though the creation of a bottom-up and pan-European platform for young outstanding European next generation researchers (including ERC Starting Grantees and other talents of less research intensive countries) in order to share and transmit their visions on emergent research paths and research policy as well as their respective experience and ideas.

Sci-GENERATION is exclusively directed to excellent next-generation scientists because they truly live on a daily basis current limitations and obstacles on their way to develop an outstanding research career, resulting from short-term decisions in European, national or regional research policy. Their solid experience and competent input constitutes a wealth of information for European science policy makers in order to draw a robust long-term vision for European science policy, which is one of the pillars of the future economic success of Europe in an increasingly competitive global market.

Sci-GENERATION should in this way provide a unique, coordinated effort by one of the target groups of European Research Policy, the next-generation researchers, through a truly bottom-up approach as well as clearly defined deliverables, with the aim to substantially contribute to shaping a highly productive, attractive and competitive European Research Area.


The main objectives of Sci-GENERATION are to create career perspectives for young researchers in public research centres and universities, in the true sense of a European labour market, and particularly in countries with fewer opportunities for next generation researchers; promote new and emergent research topics as well as research methods and organisation; improve synergy and avoid duplicating efforts between organisations, universities and other European platforms for a true European Research Area.

The Sci-GENERATION Memorandum of Understanding contains further details on the network, such as detailed objectives, programme, organisation and timeplan.

About Targeted Networks

Targeted (policy-driven) Networks are COST actions aiming at policy objectives - based on the Plan for Strategic Activities approved by the CSO (COST 4111/13). All relevant key documents can be found on the COST Governance page.

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Thomas SCHAFER (ES)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Prof Nicole GROBERT (UK)

Science officer


Administrative officer

Ms Gabriela CRISTEA


Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF


Last updated: 18 December 2013 top of page

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