The second consortium meeting of PHINDaccess, a twinning project funded the European Commission-H2020 program, took place in the coastal city of Monastir (160 km south east of Tunis), October 30-31, 2019.
During this meeting, PHINDaccess partners discussed the first-year achievements and the activities to be implemented in the second year.
In his talk, the project coordinator, Pr Helmi Mardassi, insisted upon the ultimate objective of the project, which consists to “make IPT a regional flagship for excellence in Omics-based research pertaining to Pathogen-Host Interaction.
The first year of the project allowed PHINDaccess team laying the ground for the effective implementation of the project by achieving the following critical preparatory steps:
- Preparation of an implementation plan agreed upon after four expert visits in partners institutions (March to july, 2019)
- Organization of five key events (conferences, workshops and seminars)
- Endowment of PHINDaccess with a graphic identity, a website with social networks accounts, and different communication material
- Finalization of IPT’s IT platform architecture designed for a fluent OMICS data stewardship and analysis
- Selection of 19 young researchers to be future experts in OMICS data analysis
- Allocation of a new spacious and commodious room for training activities
- Refinement of the objectives of OMICS-based pilot projects to be implemented in 2020-2021
- Involvement of BIOMICS platform of the Institut Pasteur, Paris, as an integral PHINDaccess partner
During the second year, PHINDaccess team will endeavor to:
- Set up of the OMICS training curriculum
- Implement all components of IPT’s IT infrastructure
- Ensure the generation of high-quality OMICs data and initiate analysis
- Undertake the “Science with and for Society” program
The Scientific Advisory Board esteemed members, Pr. Jessica Kissinger and Pr Toni Gabaldon, acknowledged the tremendous amount of work performed during this first year, and provided a number of specific recommendations to make PHINDaccess a highly successful initiative.