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Twenty-five members of the brand-new MIRIADE consortium came together in Amsterdam for the first official MIRIADE assembly. The goal of the meeting was to get acquainted with fellow consortium members and together discuss and shape the detailed outline and action plan of the MIRIADE project. The 1-meter-high spaghetti towers that were built because of excellent team work set the stage for a fruitful discussion on the contents later that day. MIRIADE is ready to change the biomarker field! 

Team building at kick-off meeting: building the highest spaghetti tower.

Members from beneficiaries and partners of the MIRIADE consortium were brought together from 12 countries in- and outside Europe to the kick-off meeting in Amsterdam. Consortium work package leaders presented their general goals and strategy for the coming 4 years, creating insight for everyone into the more detailed project structure and how all pieces fit together. For consortium members it became clear where in the project their expertise is especially desired. In the afternoon program, the individual PhD projects of the (to be recruited) early stage researchers were discussed in small teams including supervisor and co-supervisor. This resulted in ambitious plans of challenging and fun experimental projects for the talented future PhD students. 

Prof. dr. Charlotte Teunissen, principal investigator of MIRIADE, presenting MIRIADEs outline at the kick-off meeting.

After an energetic day, the MIRIADE consortium members left the conference venue with their heads full of ideas, new friends, and a MIRIADE-customised blocnote and pen to not forget any great ideas that might pop up during their travels back home.