, where students attend concerts with their music class, the European research project Schools@Concerts 1 focused on long-established cooperationprojects between schools and concert hosts in different European cities. The group of eleven music education
to their access to international knowledge networks returnee scholars are attractive partners for such local cooperationprojects. They can facilitate the exchange of knowledge from which more locally oriented academics can profit in terms of
Authors:Annette Hurrelmann, Catherine Murray and Volker Beckmann
controversy about the potential for collective action in Central and Eastern
European Countries (CEECs). Many authors argue that the level of social capital
is low in CEECs, whereas others underline that, while trust in authorities and
the state may be low, interpersonal networks are present. This paper explores
the issue on the basis of three case studies conducted in the project IDARI
(“Integrated Development of Agriculture and Rural Institutions in Central and
Eastern European Countries”). They study rural cooperation projects, i.e.
production and marketing in agricultural cooperatives, a rural tourism
initiative and the management of a national park. It was asked: what is the
basis for successful cooperation and what are the reasons why cooperation
fails? The conclusion is that two main obstacles for collective action in rural
CEECs are low bridging of social capital and unclear gains from cooperation. In
such a situation, well-connected local leaders who provide credible information
and establish links among different actor groups and with authorities can be of
crucial importance to achieve collective action. This finding is interesting
because most of the literature on social capital does not acknowledge the need
for a “mediating agency”but expects cooperation to happen “automatically”where
enough social capital is present. However, it is also shown that leadership
becomes difficult where conflicting interests, low general trust and little
initiative of actors prevail. A policy conclusion is that better financial and
technical support for prospective leaders in rural cooperation projects in
CEECs could contribute to the success of initiatives.
Authors:U. Sansone, Chang Kim, G. Kis-Benedek, R. Schorn, E. Zeiller, A. Qaribov, V. Huseynov and A. Chupov
In the frame of an International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Cooperation project, a radiological survey was performed in
the Araks and Kura Rivers (Azerbaijan). Sediment samples, and where available, aquatic plants were collected along these two
rivers and their inflow and tributary rivers. 137Cs, 238U, 234U, 239+240Pu, 238Pu, 90Sr and 241Am activity concentrations were measured. The radionuclide levels measured were relatively low, and in most cases below the
detection limit, as compared with those from other areas of the world which have been directly affected by effluents from
nuclear installations or influenced by the Chernobyl accident. The results indicated that the radionuclides are of natural
origin or attributable to the atmospheric fallout from nuclear weapons tests or to the Chernobyl-derived deposition.
This study was supported in part by the bilateral cooperationproject “Scientometrics: quantitative approach to social phenomena” (SCSII, Ukraine and the Ministry of Research and Science, Austria) and the 7th FP, IRSES project N269139 “Dynamics and
Authors:Nándor Balázs, Attila Gácsi, Attila Pallagi, Károly Mogyorósi, Tünde Alapi, Pál Sipos and András Dombi
Research and Technology (NKFP DA_THERM TECH_08_A4), the Hungarian Research Foundation (OTKA grants no. T67559, CK80193 and PD78378) and the bilateral Hungarian–Romanian TeT cooperationproject (OMFB-00415/2008/RO-21/2007). This paper was also supported by
rapid and flourishing development. In 2001, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) set up a “key of international S&T cooperationproject”, and the special funds were earmarked for promoting China's international S&T collaboration and the
Authors:Juan Gorraiz, Ralph Reimann and Christian Gumpenberger
“door opener” for the participation in larger cooperationprojects.
In our study, geographical proximity does not better the situation regarding the impact of the studied collaboration types.
Considering mutual country-specific affinities
within the cooperationproject; students’ experiences in connection to the concert attendance” ( Bernhofer, Vidulin, & Beqiri-Vula, 2020 ). Project Schools@Concerts in Croatia: basic information from the research The Croatian project took place on April