First CoDiet Annual Meeting held in Bilbao, Spain

The CoDiet consortium met across the 6-9th of February 2024, in Bilbao, Spain for the project’s first annual meeting. The four days were filled with presentations, parallel session discussions and ample cross-team collaboration. 

The day before the annual meeting began, Work Package (WP) leaders met for a steering committee meeting to catch up and provide updates, as well as receive feedback from the External Advisory Board who were positive about CoDiet’s first twelve months. 

The CoDiet consortium at the project’s first Annual Meeting

After a busy afternoon for some members of the consortium, a dinner was organised for those who had already arrived in Bilbao, gearing up for the official start of meetings scheduled to commence early the next morning.

On Wednesday, day one of the two-day meeting began with a warm welcome from Project Coordinator Dr Itziar Tueros from AZTI, and an overview of the project provided by Dr Gary Frost from Imperial College London. 

The morning was primarily made up of Work Package (WP) presentations from WP1-6; Corpus generation and annotation for technology-assisted literature triage, Biomarkers Plus, Structure of the Data, Causally-informed ML Models and Policy translation and analysis. 

Project Coordinator, Itziar Tueros, welcoming CoDiet consortium

Project Coordinator, Itziar Tueros, welcoming the CoDiet consortium to the first CoDiet Annual Meeting

After breaking for a well-deserved lunch, the consortium had time for parallel break-out discussions which allowed teams to collaborate, share ideas and receive feedback. After coming together to debrief, day one of the meeting drew to a close. That evening, the consortium dinner was hosted for the over 40 team members in attendance, with traditional Basque food from the region served.

The second day of meetings continued on Thursday morning, kicking off with presentations from the Communication and Exploitation (WP8) and Coordination and Ethics (WP7-9) work packages. The day continued with further opportunities for work packages to meet in break-out discussions. The final sessions of the day ran parallel, with young scientist presentations given by members of the consortium and the first Exploitation Supervisory Board meeting taking place.  

The Annual Meeting wrapped up with closing remarks from Dr Itziar Tueros with several colleagues staying an extra night in Bilbao to take part in an optional visit to CIC bioGUNE and AZTI facilities on Friday morning.

The morning was spent getting to see up close some of the equipment that would be used in the analysis of samples from the pilot study and getting a glimpse at some of the fascinating facilities at AZTI including the sensory laboratory and experimental kitchen.

The first annual CoDiet meeting can be marked as a success, and we already look forward to meeting all together at our partner Teagasc’s site in Cork, Ireland in 2025.

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