The launch of Cogito has one main purpose: to share our most recent research findings and new projects with you. It was not easy to choose from our community’s rich activity. The report featured in this issue – on migration in Europe – was an obvious choice given how much the subject is currently dominating the news. We believe that the publications, research projects, young researcher profiles and unexpected data presented in this first issue are emblematic of the work to which our research community is passionately devoted. Along with all the people who put so much energy into producing this Cogito I hope you will enjoy the read and find it thought provoking!