Croatia is a full member of COST since 1992. The increasing number of Croatian scientists participating in COST Actions shows the recognized value of COST within the Croatian scientific community. It is rather easy to participate in the COST Actions.
Depending on your own position and that of the Action (for details visit the COST web site and look for the relevant Action details) there are series of different forms of co-operation.
1. If your laboratory or institution is in a COST member country (this has nothing to do with your own nationality) you can join the Action as
1.1. Member of the Management Committee of an Action in case your county has not yet nominated 2 scientists but is already signatory of the Action.
1.2. Member of the Management Committee if your country is not yet signatory of the Action. In that case your country has first to sign its participation in the relevant Action. (Note: If your country wishes to become member 12 months after the approval of the Action the approval of the Management Committee of the Action is required)
1.3. Member of a working group of an Action
1.4. Invited expert to specific events of an Action (Meetings of the MC, WG, workshop participation etc.)
FORMALITIES REQUIRED - What you have to do:
Contact your CSO National Coordinator (CNC) who can officially nominate you as representative of your country to the MC committee. It would be recommended that you also contact the chair of the Action about your interest.
Contact your CSO National Coordinator (CNC) who can launch the participation of your country in the relevant Action. He will analyze whether the national funding for the Actions activity is there. The CNC can then launch the official participation of your country in the relevant COST Action and he can officially nominate you as representative of your country to the MC committee. In case of an established COST Action (more than 12 months after CSO there is also the agreement of the MC committee required. In any case it would be recommended that you contact the chair of the Action about your interest.
Contact the chair of the Action (directly or via a colleague from the Action or via the |COST Office) and obtain the invitation to participate in the suitable COST working group.
Contact the chair of the Action (directly or via a colleague from the Action or via the |COST Office) and obtain the invitation to participate in a specific event of the Action.
2. If your Institution is in a non-COST member state there is the possibility to participate from an Institution with the status of "non-COST participating Institution" if this was recognized by the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) as in the mutual benefit. This allows to participate in the MC and WG meetings although without voting right The participants from non-COST countries are normally not eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses although for specific countries exceptions may be possible.
2.1. To participate as invited expert to specific events of an Action (Meetings of the MC, WG, workshop participation etc.)
For all further information:
The Ministry of Science and Education
Department for European Intregrations