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The primary objective of the DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) group is to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion within the COST PRIORITY framework.



Action CA20101 is a research project that brings together institutions from various different countries.

The inclusion policy of this project unfolds along three key dimensions of diversity:

  • Geographical distribution;
  • Career stage: involvement of young researchers;
  • Gender balance.

The DEI strategy aims to foster an inclusive approach among the diverse researchers and workgroups, with the goal of enhancing the content within these workgroups.

Three main subgroups have been identified, corresponding to the project’s core tasks:

  • Network facilitation;
  • Research enrichment: through awareness-raising and educational activities on diversity, equality, and inclusion;
  • Communication and dissemination: through the creation of a Newsletter and useful content to be published on the website.

The primary commitment of the action revolves around promoting an inclusive approach through two parallel lines of intervention. The first line pertains to analyzing the current scenario, or the “state of the art,” by examining the data available to the COST participants and segmenting them along the three diversity drivers mentioned earlier. This approach provides a comprehensive overview, enabling the selection of the most efficient actions and activities, and the identification of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for progress analysis. The second line involves providing awareness-raising activities for the benefit of all COST participants.



Equality Manager: Mariasole BANNÒ
Equality Advisor: Camilla Federici

Action Chair: Stefania Federici
Vice-Chair: Aleksandra Tubić

DEI members:
Nur Kaluç, Turkey
Daura Vega Moreno, Spain
Iliyan Kotsev, Bulgaria
Canan Aksoy, Turkey
Sezgin Ersoy, Germany
Emel Topuz, Turkey
Felix Olise, Nigeria
Rahman Nurkovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arianna Varrani, Poland
Noemi Colozza, Italy
Jordi Colomer Feliu, Spain
Maria Teresa Serra Putellas, Spain
Arda Ozturkcan, Turkey
Sedat Gündoğdu, Turkey
Anand Srinivasan, India
Vania Tabone, Malta
Vineta Srebrenkoska, North Macedonia
Halit Çavuşoğlu, Turkey
Snezana Radulovic, Serbia
Carlos Espinoza González, Mexico
Inta Dimante Deimantovica, Latvia
Marco Traversi, Italy
Patrizia Ambrosi, Italy



To analyze diversity, three main criteria have primarily been employed: gender balance, geographical distribution (ITC or non-ITC), and career stage (young or not young). According to age, a member is considered young if they are under 40 years old, and conversely, not young if they are 40 years old or older. Concerning the aforementioned second criterion (geographical distribution), it encompasses COST members from countries with lower research intensity, known as COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC). The current list of ITC countries includes: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

The DEI team has initiated the production and distribution of newsletters aimed at engaging project participants within the PRIORITY Action. The newsletter is titled “Small Particles, Big Issues: PRIORITYze DEI.”

The newsletters are distributed on a regular basis to project participants, focusing on various aspects of diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) within the project and related fields. Content may include updates on DEI initiatives, success stories, tips for fostering inclusivity, and relevant resources or articles.

Distribution will primarily occur via email to project participants’ registered email addresses. Additionally, archived newsletters will be accessible on the project website, and highlights may be shared on project-related social media platforms.

Recipients will be encouraged to provide feedback, suggestions, and contributions for future newsletters.

The effectiveness of newsletter distribution will be assessed through monitoring open rates, click-through rates, and engagement metrics. Qualitative feedback from project participants will also be gathered to evaluate the perceived value and relevance of the newsletters.

Regular review and updates to newsletter content will be conducted based on feedback and emerging DEI trends or priorities. Collaboration with project stakeholders and DEI experts will ensure that the newsletters remain informative, inclusive, and impactful within the PRIORITY community.

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