From the 26th till 29th of November 2018 the first SALTGIANT workshop was hosted by the University of Palermo in Palermo, Italy. This event marked the first formal meeting were all the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), their Principal Investigators and their Partner Organizations were present.

During the first two days of the event, held in the Botanical Gardens of Palermo, workgroup packages were introduced and the ESRs were invited to give presentations on their Masters and PhD projects, with the goal of familiarizing the SALTGIANT group with their scientific background and PhD projects. During these two days, invited speakers also held presentations on topics related to the research done in the SALTGIANT projects. The first part of the workshop was concluded at the historical Palazzo Asmundo, where the participants had the opportunity to enjoy real Italian cuisine and meet each other informally.

The second part of the event was dedicated to the first Transferable Skills Training for the ESRs and the first SaltGiant Supervisory Board Meeting for the consortium members (beneficiaris, partners, advisory board and ethic advisor).

Finally, the 1st workshop has been the opportunity for the ESRs to select their ESR representative : Laetitia Guibourdenche (IPGP) for the year 2019.

Three other workshops will be organized during the 3 next years of the ETN project. Stay tuned in our website because the next workshop will be open for external participants !