Ways to Get Involved
There are several ways to get involved with the Action.
The Action is coordinated by a Management Committee which includes representatives of the 20 countries involved. You can find out if your country is a party to the Action, and if so, who are its representatives on the Management Committee, here: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1106 If your country is not yet signed up to the Action but is affiliated with the COST scheme, you can contact your national COST coordinator to seek nomination. You can find the list of national coordinators here: http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/who
Most of our work will be undertaken through the 4 working groups, each of which has their own page on this site. You can contact the working group leaders to ask about being part of these groups. Any researcher active in the field is welcome to join, though there are some limits on how many we can support to attend meetings and events. People working in policy and practice are also welcome to follow the work of each of the groups, either through this site or by contacting the working group leaders.
We also have some funds to support Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) which are intended to allow researchers the opportunity to travel to other institutions and countries in order to further the objectives of the Action. This might involve, for example, spending time in another jurisdiction in order to explore similarities and differences in its approaches to offender supervision, or to meet with interested researcers in that jurisdiction so as to develop research plans or undertake comparative work. You can find out how to apply here: Call for Short Term Scientific Missions – FINAL
In year 3 of the Action (2014-15), we will be running a Training School for early stage researchers (people who are within 8 years of PhD completion). These schools focus mainly on developing the capacity of early stage researchers by enabling them to learn from more experienced and senior academics. They will have a particular focus on methodological developments in research on offender supervision.
In years 3 and 4 of the Action, we will be running major international conferences to discuss our work. The international conference which summarised the first year of the Action took place in Liverpool at the end of April 2013. You will find details of the conference, presentations and audio and video footage on the ‘International Conference’ page of this site.
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