Kick-off meeting (Fuzhou, China) on 15-17th January 2018

Kick-off meeting (Fuzhou, China) on 15-17th January 2018
IRSEL Kick-off Meeting at FNU
Fuzhou, 15-17 January 2018

Between 15-17 January, Fujian Normal University (FNU) welcomed IRSEL partner and programme country managers in Fuzhou for the project launching kick-off meeting. This was the first time, when representatives from Hungary, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand and China gathered together and discussed the most important issues to be done during the 36-month project period.
The event started with an official ceremony, where Hairong Lai FNU vice president welcomed the participants. Chen Muzhen (Fujian Surveying and Geoinformation Bureau) congratulated European, Thai and Chinese partners for the successful opening of the EU project, Fan Jinlong (National Satellite Meteorological Center) explained, how his office made efforts to improve the processing of satellite data that may contribute in the project.

Participants of the opening ceremony

The three day project management board meeting facilitated partner introductions and provided an insight into the research framework in each partner country. It allowed a detailed examination of all project activities, objectives, work packages and expected results. Financial and administrative issues were also mentioned as well as the plan for the activities of the first year.
During the seminar the Project Handbook, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan and the Needs Analysis Report were introduced and accepted by the partners. The participants have discussed the preparation of curricula, development of learning materials, learning infrastructure and gave recommendations on equipment purchase for the next period.

Project Management Board meeting

Beside plenary- and project management board meetings, the kick-off meeting hosted side events as well. Within the framework of stakeholders meeting, Lorant Foldvary IRSEL project coordinator and Jinming Sha FNU director participated in an open debate with selected stakeholders of the region. Bela Markus IRSEL project manager and Ivan Oliveira e-Learning and LMS specialist organised a training for local administrative staff to discuss quality management, quality assurance and quality planning guidelines in depth.
The kick-off meeting was successful; it provided a good opportunity to consolidate the consortium and to remark project management key points. The next meeting of the project partners is in Khon Kaen (Thailand) between 26-30 November, where progress and milestones achieved will be reviewed.

Professor Jinliang Wang YNNU coordinator and Professor Bela Markus IRSEL project manager in front of the IRSEL poster