The CTN activity aims at three main objectives:
- the dissemination and discussion of new results by established scholars, to scientists from within and outside the network and to policy makers. This objective is prosecuted mainly through a yearly Scientific Conference and the publication of an on-line journal on the topic.
- the promotion of scientific collaboration among young and senior researchers. This objective is prosecuted mainly through the funding of visit periods in the centres members of the network.
- the training of young scholars, mainly through workshops, on-topic schools and mutual exchanges between the members of the network.