11 May 2017 | General
COST Info Sessions in Romania

On 4 May 2017, COST organised three info sessions for the Romanian research community in Bucharest, in cooperation with MEP Victor Negrescu. The sessions were held at the Polytechnics University of Bucharest, the National University of Political and Administrative Studies and the Romanian Council for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

During info sessions the participants learned about how they can participate in COST Actions and how this can help them broaden their research networks. Additionally, they were informed about the recent measures to increase participation of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC). This was particularly important as the COST Association has committed to invest on average at least 50% of the EU Horizon 2020 grant in activities benefiting researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries .

The COST Association Director, Dr Ronald de Bruin, has met representatives of the Romanian Ministry for Research and Innovation to further enhance participation of Romania in COST-funded activities. 

The event hosted over 200 participants representing universities, research centers and institutions covering a wide range of scientific fields: political science, engineering, radiation physics, forestry, micro technologies, pharma, soil science, agro-chemistry, agriculture, chemical-pharmaceutical R&D, environment, etc.

Romanian participation in COST-funded activitie s

Romania-based researchers’ participation in COST-funded networking activities has almost doubled in recent years: from 264 participations (2011) to 478 in 2016. However, few researchers working in Romania hold a leading position in COST Actions, with only one Romanian Action Chair.

Romania research factsheet

“COST Actions represent an important connection for the scientific community. Romania was isolated for many years, and COST is a practical way to work together with scientists from Western Europe. In addition, COST opens up the possibility to participate in important research programs.” Cătălin Daniel Gălățanu, Full Professor at the Technical University of Iași.

More statistics are available here .

Brief of the event from Politechnica University is available here .


Non-exhaustive list of participants:

Participants/researchers came from following organizations (non-exhaustive list) University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, National University of Political Science and Administrative Studies, Romanian National Council for SMEs, National Institute for Laser Plasma & Radiation Physics, National Institute for Research, Development and Testing in Electrical Engineering, National Institute for chemical-pharmaceutical R&D, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Valahia University of Targoviste, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, University of Petrosani, National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry, National Institute for Transport Research, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies, Transilvania University of Brasov, National Agriculture Research and Development Instiute, National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science, Agro-chemistry and Environment, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Babeș-Bolyai University, Petru Maior University of Targu Mures, etc. 

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