COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities. It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area. The COST Association, an International not-for-profit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the framework. The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries.

The main aim of ENRESSH is to enable social sciences and humanities to better demonstrate their true place in academia. It is our belief that, in order to do so, the SSH need adapted and transparent methods of evaluation, calling in turn to improve our understanding of how SSH fields generate knowledge, what kind of scientific and societal interactions characterise different SSH disciplines, and what are the patterns of dissemination of research results in the SSH. We seek  therefore to benefit to European and international scholars in research evaluation and in sociology of sciences; to research managers and policy makers at all levels; to research data managers and information system designers; and, last but not least, to researchers in the SSH fields themselves.

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