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Our first kick meeting in Utrecht

Intan Chalid

The inaugural kickoff meeting was held at the Vening Meinesz Building, Utrecht University, from May 28th to 30th, 2022. The agenda focused on individual presentations regarding the fellow’s research projects, which included planned research, training, secondment, and other related issues. The initial day began with an EU mid-term check carried out by the Research Executive Agency (REA), the coordinator, and presentations by Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), although the main emphasis was also on the recruiting report, deliverables, milestones, and future activities. The meeting attracted the active involvement of prominent scientists and representatives from partner organisations, both attending in person and by video conferencing, leading to a smooth session. We have obtained a favourable mid-term evaluation comment from REA on June 7, 2022.

The second day was filled with a compelling mix of social and professional activities. The morning was dedicated to a unique social engagement in which Principal Investigators (PIs) and Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) engaged in separate activities. ESRs had the opportunity to visit the fascinating Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum). This visit was a wonderful experience, thanks to the museum’s exceptional features, including a 4D simulator that allowed us to put ourselves in the role of a train driver, resulting in a genuinely immersive and engaging contact.

In the afternoon session, we returned to the Vening Meinesz Building, moving from a moment of joy to discussions about the work packages. These packages were meticulously organised into six science work packages that covered the lower, middle, and upper continental crust. Each Early Stage Researcher (ESR) was allocated specific duties that aligned with our collective goals over the following three years, including field approaches, analytical laboratory procedures, training, and modelling.

 

The dissemination and outreach segment was a key component of these work packages, emphasising the importance of sharing our knowledge with the community. Currently, we are actively promoting our operations via our dedicated website.

 

On the final day, we held an open discussion about a variety of themes, including how each of us coped to the pandemic. In addition, we discussed upcoming plans, such as the fluid inclusion workshop in Aachen and Torino, as well as the summer school programme in Cap de Creus, which is set for the end of June 2022.

 

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