Project Kick-off Meeting
SmartEN Marie Curie Kick-off Scientific Meetings took place successfully on the 28th and 29th of May in Limassol, Cyprus
Following the earlier formal launch of the SmartEN Marie Curie ITN on the 23rd of April in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the European Commissioner for Education and Culture and other dignitaries, the SmartEN kick-off Scientific Meetings took place successfully on the 28th and 29th of May at the Apollonia Hotel in Limassol. The meetings were attended by twenty nine scientists from the fifteen European SmartEN partners and the European Commission Project Officer Ms Giuliana Donini. The kick-off Scientific Meetings were organised by the coordinating organisation Cyprus University of Technology team lead by the SmartEN Coordinator Professor Toula Onoufriou.
In the meetings the fifteen European partners presented their organisations expertise in the areas relevant to SmartEN and discussed the various research challenges that need to be addressed within the programme which focuses in the area of Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment. The European Commission Project Officer Ms Giuliana Donini also presented and advised the partners on the various management and financial aspects of the Marie Curie ITN programmes.
The kick-off meetings concluded with a cultural visit to various archaeological sites and places of interest including the Kourion Amphitheatre and the mosaics at the 5th century A.D. House of Efstolios at the ancient city Kingdom of Kourion. The mosaics include Ktisis the spirit of creation which is the emblem of the Cyprus University of Technology. A short visit followed to the Rock of Aphrodite which according to the legend is the birthplace of Aphrodite the ancient Greek goddess of beauty and love. After that the SmartEN group visited the Temple of Dionisos in Pafos to see the ancient mosaics and finished with a relaxing stop at Pafos harbour.
The next SmartEN meeting will take place in Zurich and will be hosted by the Swiss partner Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) on the 31st of August and 1st of September 2010.