The UPWARDS consortium gathered in Wageningen, the Netherlands, for their regular meeting. This meeting is of particular note as it represents the half-way point of this ambitious 4-year project focused on advanced wind energy production to the next stage.
The GA meeting took place March 4th-5th and was hosted by the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). A dozen project members traveled from their respective countries to attend the meeting on-site with the rest of the partner representatives participating remotely.
During the first day of the meeting, the consortium was welcomed to the university campus and had an overview of the Wageningen University & Research activities, presented by Dr. Mattijs Smits. Progress reports were then presented by each partner. During the lunch break everyone had an opportunity to experience an uncommon lunch in the “Restaurant of the Future”, a live lab aiming to understand costumer’s behavior and food choice mechanisms. The afternoon session was ended by a visit of the Old Windmill in Wageningen city-center and a dinner in the restaurant, where the Netherlands liberation treaty was signed on May 5th, 1945.
On the following day, March 5th, the partners gathered for a General Assembly followed by a creative workshop on stakeholders/public engagement, set up and led by Helena Solman, PhD researcher at Wageningen University. Future work and next steps were presented by each partner, followed by a closing session by the project coordinator Dr. Jon Samseth from SINTEF, Norway.
More updates on the project recent achievements are coming soon!
By Gary Grima and Olena Malchyk, Wavestone