Our latest and (at least for now) the last TA call closed at midnight on Monday, and we received a whopping 89 applications for almost 4000 person-days of access! This kind of response and interest from the scientific community towards conducting research at the stations in the INTERACT network is wonderful, and now we at TA offices take our turn to ensure that the evaluation will go smoothly and we’ll have the best projects selected for access.
There’s a lot of work related to the evaluation and selection process, both for the TA Board members that conduct the scientific evaluation of the projects, for the stations that evaluate the feasibility of the projects, and for us at WP4 who check the eligibilities and match the available funds with what is granted. But as we have gone through the process already five times during the previous calls, I believe that we have established the machinery and routine to make it happen despite the record number of applications we received, and we will be able to deliver the access decisions by the end of January as anticipated.
In addition to the TA call frenzy, travelling and presentations at various meetings have kept me busy lately. Last week, I visited Abisko Scientific Research Station to attend the INTERACT Station Managers’ Forum meeting. The sceneries around the station were extremely beautiful, the station facilities and volume of research conducted impressive, and the meeting program extremely interesting. My share in the meeting was to give an update on the current situation regarding TA, and to listen carefully the feedback and ideas from the station managers in order to develop our activities in the future. The INTERACT Station Managers’ Forum –led by Morten Rasch and Elmer Topp-Jørgensen- is doing great work in developing the best practices in station management and the SMF has reached all its goals and even exceeded them. Way to go!
Next week will bring another journey with it. I’ll be travelling to Copenhagen -one of my favorite cities- to give a presentation about our results and opportunities regarding TA at the INCREASE/INTERACT Symposium. It will be really interesting to hear the latest advances in the field of ecosystem responses to climate change, and to learn more about the results and practices of INCREASE which is another infrastructure project funded by EU FP7. More about the symposium in my next posting!
Until the next time!