issue 1, year 1
The Consortium Meeting - Sigtuna 10-12 February, 2016
After six months of activities the Consortium met in Sigtuna (Sweden) for a two full days meeting. Erik Amna chose a wonderful location for hosting the meeting: a private cultural foundation established in 1917, a magnificent venue inspired by an ancient castle and a Tuscan monastery. The place has an open and peaceful atmosphere that is not easy to describe: but as soon as people came in, they started to speak softly, to make sure not to break the quiet that permeates each corner of the building. Sigtuna foundation has been an inspiring retreat for scholars, writers and Nobel prizes, a place for intercultural dialogue, and if you get there you easily understand why. When the meeting was planned we all expected to meet in the middle of Swedish winter, to freeze outside and to be surrounded with snow everywhere. A gentle winter welcomed us, and it was propitiatory for the meeting as well. Since September, team leaders WP groups and subgroups met many times using skype (and google hanghouts), and exchanged thousands of e-mails; we are all enthusiastic about mediate communication (how could such a big project could even be thought without the web facilities?) but finally meeting in person, having the opportunity to drink a coffee together, exchange worries and big ideas, sitting on comfortable sofa after a hard work day, it really gives a new light on our common endeavour.The meeting went quite well: it was intense, fruitful and tough: each WP leader had the opportunity to present the state of art of its own WP, teams discussed deeply on how to proceed; in few occasions it has not been easy to come to an agreement, but finally we got there. We kept discussing and sharing ideas all the time: during the wonderful dinners prepared at Sigtuna Foundation restaurant, having a walk around the lake and even visiting the tiny city center. It’ s really impressive the amount of work that has been achieved in these few months, and it is even more impressive the amount of work that attend all the teams, in the next months. We left Sigtuna on Saturday after having planned our next meetings and taking some decisions on the first CATCH-EyoU conference. And finally we tasted the Swedish winter: a short snowfall just to say goodbye to participants, before leaving.