The second MEDEAS General Assembly was organized between 5 and 9 February in Florence, Italy by the National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM). All MEDEAS partners attended the General Assembly and participated in the meetings with presentations on project activities and discussions on achieving the best outcomes and project results. Additionally, all partners contributed in future project developments and decisions in order to complete successfully foreseen activities and tasks.
Side meetings among individual team members were organized on 5th February, while the General Assembly officially started on 6th February with a welcome by INSTM; followed by an introduction to the hot topics of the meeting and presentations and discussions on the results of several project deliverables. Two interns working on the project also attended the meeting and presented their results. By the end of the meeting, a guided visit was organized to the University of Florence Natural History Museum, where partners attended a presentation on whales by Ugo Bardi and also had the opportunity to view the exhibits of the museum.
In addition, on 7th February, MEDEAS partner CSIC, organized a workshop for the demonstration of the MEDEAS model in Python, where all attendants had the opportunity to install, run the model and become acquainted with its features. During the last two days of the meeting, the focus was primarily on ongoing and future activities of the project with emphasis on acquiring significant results. MEDEAS partners also had the opportunity to attend a Dissemination and Exploitation seminar, which raised several issues on the exploitation of the project results and gave the opportunity to all partners to reflect on what are the most essential “products” of the project.
Apart from strictly work related activities, the General Assembly also provided MEDEAS partners with the opportunity to participate in several cultural and social activities, such as a guided walk on Florence’s attractions and a taste of the local cuisine.