Consortium meeting in Barcelona

Last week, over the 19th & 20th October, the INDUSAC consortium travelled to Barcelona, Spain for the second project meeting.

Organised as a hybrid event with attendees both in person and online, the two-day conference was hosted by project partner CIT UPC, who effortlessly made partners feel welcome with their hospitality and assistance throughout the meeting.

The first morning registration provided an opportunity for partners to catch up over coffee and breakfast snacks provided by the hosts, discussing the various routes taken to Barcelona and expectations for the days ahead.

The meeting opened with a deep dive into WP5 project management, led by partners from Jožef Stefan Institute, the project coordinator. Topics discussed during this section included project risk management, progress to date and open research data management before partners agreed on dates for upcoming meetings. Before lunch, the consortium discussed recent and upcoming reporting responsibilities, with the project coordinators setting plans in place for the months ahead.

The consortium was then treated to a fantastic lunch, featuring a range of traditional Spanish cuisine in one of the UPC campus’s restaurants. Paella polished off, partners returned to the meeting room for further discussions and planning. This section of the meeting was once again driven by JSI, focusing on WP1, human-centered development of the INDUSAC cocreation methodology. Project partner KIT then took the lead and delivered the first part of a workshop on predefined collaborative approaches and user guidance, crucial aspects of the INDUSAC collaboration.

Following a busy and productive day, the meetings concluded with an open discussion on outstanding points and a look ahead to day 2.

On Thursday evening, the partners reconvened in the heart of Barcelona on one of the city’s most famous streets, Passeig de Gracia.

Meeting outside Casa Milà, one of Barcelona’s many iconic buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi, excitement levels were high, with rumours circulating of an after-dinner surprise planned by the hosts. Following a delicious meal in the historic Gaudi building, attendees were given a guided tour, where the history of Gaudi and his influence across Barcelona were explained. The tour culminated on the building’s rooftop, where partners were treated to spectacular views of the city, picking out iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia and Montjuic. It’s safe to say, our hosts delivered a great evening!

Day 2 started with the continuation of the WP1 workshop delivered by JSI, before Innoget delivered a session on WP2, the platform set up, launch and maintenance, with partners able to see a visualisation of what to expect when the platform is available.

This session led into a group discussion on the INDUSAC piloting carried out in WP3, where partners focused on the makeup of the various INDUSAC challenges and upcoming deliverables.

Following a quick lunch, attention was turned to WP4, which focuses on dissemination, exploitation and communication. Partners EITM, BAX and BIC led sessions concentrated on WP4 milestones, exploitation activities and the project identity.

Partners also looked ahead to upcoming events, such as next month’s Virtual Event, where attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the INDUSAC platform. Make sure to follow the INDUSAC accounts for more information coming soon!

Following closing discussions and the assigning of various responsibilities, the meeting was concluded with final remarks from the hosts and project coordinators and a look ahead to the next partner meeting scheduled for April 2024.

Thanks again to CIT UPC for their excellent hospitality and organisation, and to all partners for making the effort to attend the meeting both online and in person!

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