In the beginning of October, the Fifth ATHENA European University meeting took place in Porto, Portugal.
Hosted by the Alliance’s coordinating institution, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, the meeting was attended by more than 90 representatives from all partner universities and associated partners.
The intense agenda of the event included meetings of the Alliance’s boards and committees as well as discussions within working groups focused on all areas of the project’s activities. In addition to the ongoing issues, the plans for the next period of the alliance were discussed.
The ATHENA project coordinator, Prof. Nuno Escudeiro, highlighted the achieved results, acknowledged the input of all partners during the first two years and stressed the importance of partners’ commitment to the future of the Alliance. “We are at a crucial point of ATHENA [development]. We are starting the third year of the first phase of the project, and we aim at putting all our efforts to succeed and […] continue our work”, he said.
The meeting in Porto was an essential event that contributed to deepening the inter-alliance cooperation, enhancing collaboration with external partners and stakeholders as well as strengthening the long-term commitment within the ATHENA community.