The kick-off meeting of the partners within the ISTOS project was organized via Zoom teleconference on Friday 13th of November 2020. The objectives of the kick-off meeting were:

  • to introduce all the partners of the project,
  • to develop a common understanding of the project objectives, activities, and expected results,
  • to discuss in detail the activities for the first 12 months,
  • to clarify the project management and administrative procedures.

Representatives from all project partners participated at the meeting and discussed the concept as well as the steps necessary to implement it. The meeting was focused on the project vision, objectives, and outcomes as well as the partners’ expectations through the project. Furthermore, the work packages were presented and discussed among all partners.

During the kick-off meeting, the partners came one step further towards a common understanding of the project. Members of all consortium partner organizations were present and were able to add valuable input to the overall mandate, structure, and expectations of ISTOS Project. Questions and uncertainties have been addressed and decisions, findings, and next steps were documented. Initial decisions concerning pertinent project planning and administrative issues were made and a roadmap for the early project phase was laid out in the form of deliverable outlines.