3rd ICONIC Project Meeting on 3-4th May 2018 in Berlin

3rd ICONIC Project Meeting on 3-4th May 2018 in Berlin

9th May 2018

By Sascha Serno


The ICONIC consortium came together once again to discuss the progress in our ITN. Ths time around, we met on 3-4th May 2018 for the 3rd ICONIC Project Meeting in the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm, located in the old West Berlin centre close to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It was the first ICONIC Project Meeting after all ICONIC early-stage researchers (ESRs) have been successfully recruited.

Our busy two-day meeting started with a training course in scientific writing and publishing, organised for the ESRs, affiliated PhD students and senior ICONIC members by Nature Masterclasses. The rest of the first day was dedicated to presentations by all 15 ICONIC ESRs and two affiliated PhD students on their research, training and dissemination/outreach activity progress. It was really good to see the work progress of all ESRs since the last summer. In the evening, we enjoyed delicious Berlin food and German beer & wine in the Gasthaus Krombach, a typical Berlin gastro restaurant.

On the second day of the 3rd ICONIC Project Meeting, the ESR Council and Innovation Strategy Steering Group met in the morning, followed by a session on management and dissemination updates. The ICONIC Supervisory Board met afterwards. In the afternoon, our group went to Dahlewitz, just south of Berlin and next to the still-not-opened Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, to have a very interesting guided tour of the Rolls-Royce Deutschland aircraft turbine manufacturing and testing facilities.

It was a great ICONIC Project Meeting and we are already looking forward to the 2nd ICONIC Summer School and 4th ICONIC Project Meeting at Queen’s University Belfast (UK) end of August 2018.

We would like to thank the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm, Nature Masterclasses and Rolls-Royce Deutschland for their help in the organisation of the 3rd ICONIC Project Meeting. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721256.