The Corona virus crisis has severely impacted the progress of the transMed project, at all levels. At the virtual consortium meeting held last week, the partners discussed on how to readjust to this situation, in particular with a view on the remaining training activities and secondments. The next face-to-face consortium meeting, with additional training courses attached, is now planned for 30th September to 2nd October 2020. Detailed planning and a final Go/No-Go decision for this meeting will be taken in early September.
The next transMed consortium meeting will be held only virtually, via video conferencing. In a Skype meeting held today the transMed partners decided to cancel the regular transMed consortium that was to be held from 29th June to 1st July, 2020. Instead, a virtual meeting will be held at the same time. A new programme for this meeting will be circulated to all partners in due time. Other training courses that were to be held in conjunction with the consortium meeting (including also Vision Camp, see below) will be postponed.
The Corona virus crisis is by now severely impacting the progress of the transMed project. The transMed ESRs have compiled a document detailing on how the Corona virus crisis is affecting their individual scientific works. This document has been forwarded to our project officer at the European Commission for due consideration.
The Vision Camp 2020 has been cancelled! Due to the Corona virus crises, we have had no other choice but to cancel this year’s Vision Camp. The organizers will try and do their best to instead arrange for a Vision Camp conference for young researchers in the field of vision sciences in June 2021. The transMed partners are currently evaluating the impact of this cancellation on also other planed consortium activities.
The Corona virus is starting to strongly affect the work of many if not all transMed partners. The partner lab in Italy has had to close, the labs in Czech Republic, The Netherlands, and Germany are working with reduced work hours, and further restrictions may apply soon. Travel for secondments between transMed labs has been suspended for the time being. Furthermore, the supply of certain materials and consumables, as well as access to specialized equipment has become difficult for all partners
The transMed ESRs, PIs, and partner organizations are preparing for the 4th general consortium meeting. The meeting will be held from January 20th to 22nd, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland at the premises of the transMed partner HI. Everybody is looking forward to sharing the latest scientific results with the other partners and, besides, there is a lot of excitement about seeing Iceland in Winter.
The transMed lab in Modena has been successful in obtaining additional grant support for one of its ESRs. As a beneficiary of an ongoing Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) the Modena lab applied for support according to Special Needs Lump Sum allowance (SNLS) programme. This programme provides financial support for the additional costs entailed by the recruitment of ESRs with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments are such that their participation in MSCA would not be possible without extra financial support. This additional support is highly welcome!
The vision camp conference for young researchers in the field of vision science will be held in Castle Wildenstein from July 12th to 14th.
TransMed fellows will attend this meeting and present their first results to their peers from all over Europe. Please find further information on the meeting website: http://www.vision-camp.eu
The second transMed training course on the fabrication of advanced drug delivery systems by electrostatic methods (electrospinning, electrospraying) is approaching and will be held from 16th to 18th February at the premises of partner InoCure in Prague, Czech Republic
We welcome everybody and look forward to a fruitful work together! We will soon post their names and academic profiles on this website. transMed partners currently expect to fill most ESR positions by August this year.
The first transMed consortium meeting and training course is to be held from 18th to 21st September 2018 at Lund University in Sweden. A detailed programme will be sent out to project partners in July.