The ArrestAD team had its kick off meeting in Paris on 5 January 2017. This was held on Paris, the base of our coordinator, Dulcé Papy-Garcia and was hosted by the APHP in the Espace Scipion. Team members from outside Paris stayed at the Hotel La Demeure situated nearby and though on the Boulevard St Marcel, nice and quiet.
The kick off meeting started with a presentation form our coordinator, which provided the backdrop for the day. Science presentations from the participants then followed. These provided an overview of the position of the field of the participant and then summarised research plans. In a multidisciplinary project, one cannot be fully up to speed with the other fields, so we all learned a lot. The more technical part of these presentations gave us an opportunity to discus the nuts and bolts of our research plans and how these fitted together. It is one thing to put this on paper in a proposal, it is another to deliver. These presentations were tremendously useful.
The second part, though briefer, concerned administrative matters, the plans for Communication with the associated website and communication tools (one outcome of which is this website), Data Management, and Dissemination and Exploitation. We finished with an agreed set of actions and a decision on whom to invite to join our advisory board.
So a most productive day in Paris, followed by a run to the airports at the leading edge of rush hour – happily everyone caught their plane home in good time.
Our next immediate steps: signing the Consortium Agreement and hiring researchers.