PERFORMER: Kick-Off Meeting
The Kick-Off Meeting for PERFORMER was held in Nice on 12th and 13th September 2013. The consortium met in the Hotel Splendid in the centre of Nice on the afternoon of 12th September, where the meeting began. This Kick-Off meeting was different from others in that the style was very interactive. For example, after an initial introduction by UPL (project coordinator) all partners were invited to stand and place themselves in order of the distance they had travelled to reach the meeting. This meant that all partners had to speak to each other and ask questions, which worked very well to prepare everyone for their participation throughout the meeting.
The objectives of the meeting were discussed, as well as a project overview and project objectives, which included an exercise where each organisation drew their interpretation of the PERFORMER project. This highlighted that everyone had a shared vision of the project, but also the differences in organisations ranging from scientific and technical to conceptual and creative. Day one also included all organisations giving an overview of their strengths, how they intend to contribute to the project, and what they hope to achieve through the project.
The second day was hosted by CSTB in their Sophia Antipolis office. Along with a session on project management, day two focussed more on the technical details of the project. Each work package leader presented a summary of their work package, including interdependencies of tasks, contributions required from other partners, and a work plan for the next six months. After each presentation was a workshop that enabled all contributors to discuss their responsibilities.