The EUFAR2 project mid-term review and 3rd General Assembly took place from 5 to 8 April 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. Side meetings on the joint research activities (HYLIGHT and TGOE), a progress meeting dedicated to the implementation of EUFAR standards and presentation of tools, and a meeting dedicated to the expert working groups/technology transfer activity also took place in this period, taking advantage of the large gathering of partners. In addition, there was a special session dedicated to examining the potential collaboration between EUFAR and ENVRIplus - an infrastructure aiming to provide common solutions to shared challenges for European Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (RIs) in their efforts to deliver new services for science and society.
Hosted by EUFAR partner, CzechGlobe, the meetings took place in the beautiful Vila Lanna, in the Northern hilly part of Prague. 37 participants attended the various meeting sessions, representing 20 out of the 24 EUFAR partners, GRNET, Environmental Agency Austria, and the European Commission.
The mid-term review, marking the mid-way term of the project, involved a one-day meeting with the EC Project Officer, an external reviewer, scientific and project coordinators, activity leaders and the EUFAR Office. After presentation of all the activities, the reviewer gave informal remarks on his impressions of EUFAR, and will send a full evaluation report in due time. The review aims to demonstrate progress (targets versus deliverables), highlighting areas where more effort needs to be made, in order to achieve the project’s set out objectives within the lifetime of the current contract (Feb 2014 to Jan 2018).
During the 2-day General Assembly, each activity leader made a presentation on his/her activity’s progress and future plans, votes were cast on specific issues, management issues were presented, and discussions were held on establishing the EUFAR AISBL - a legal sustainable structure, which is currently underway. The General Assembly report and presentations will be made available on the website shortly, accessible to registered EUFAR members. A big thanks goes out to the local host, the CzechGlobe for its outstanding organisation.
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Photo during the GA meeting at the Vila Lanna, in Prague.