Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state. These scientific missions may last up to six months in another COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbour Country joining the Action. Their aim is to foster collaboration in excellent research infrastructures and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory.

The scope of the COST Action MOBILISE is to build up a cooperative, inclusive, bottom-up and responsive network with active involvement of European stakeholders to support research for biodiversity informatics. To that end, MOBILISE will launch regular Calls to participate in STSMs to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer across stakeholders, bridging the gap between biodiversity and geoscience research and information technology best practices.

The 1st Call for STSM   has been launched in December 2018 with a broad and general scope to incentivize early caries scientists, collection and data managers, collection curators and stewards from smaller institutions and institutions in countries that do not have extensive facilities and well-developed policies for data mobilisation, digitisation of biodiversity collections, data practices and curation.

The aim of the call is to allow grant recipients to visit institutions from where they can draw such experience and bring it back to their institutions and their collections.

A total number of 9 participants have been granted for different missions occurring between 1 February 2019 and 15 April 2019. Detailed information on the course of this specific STSM will follow its conclusion.

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Mobilise will call for the submission of proposals for STSMs at least once every year.

STSM round
Call Opening date
Call deadline
Number of expected STSMs
Applicants selected
Reports from STSMs
2018.1  15/11/2018 15/12/2018  TBA 
2019.2  Expected

Final STSM report of period 1 was approved