Mid term check meeting

RETORNA  turned 1 year on the 1st of February 2024, entering already in the second year of project! The project has a duration of 48 months, but this first year is fundamental for the success of the other 3 years, as in the first 12 months the recruitment process takes place.

Indeed, as in all Doctoral Networks MSCA projects, RETORNA beneficiaries focused mainly in recruiting the most suitable Doctoral candidates for the 10 individual projects and planning the functioning of the Consortium.

1st year of RETORNA in numbers

  • 1 kick off meeting, in Valencia in March 2023
  • 5 boards have been established
  • the webpage of the project www.retorna.eu was launch in June 2023
  • received more than 400 applications
  • interviewed more than 90 candidates
  • selected 10 Doctoral candidates
  • and so much more…..


Mid term check meeting

The step right after the first year project is the MID TERM CHECK MEETING (MTC) that has the aim to assess the fulfilment of the recruitment procedure, the eligibility of the fellows, any deviations from the original training programme and as well to raise awareness on the fellows’ and host institutions’ rights and obligations. It was an event where the Coordinator and the rest of the team had the opportunity to present the main activities organized by the Consortium in the first 12 months of project.

The RETORNA MTC meeting took place online on the 11th of March 2024. PIs, DCs, the Project Manager and the Project Officer in charge of the project participated.


Agenda MTC meeting

The MTC meeting started with an introduction from the Project Officer and continued with our coordinator Javier Sancho Pelluz explaining the achievements of this first year. All DCs had the possibility to present their research project to the project officer and to the rest of the participants.

The Project Officer could also have a private reunion just with the DCs where aspects of recruitment and supervision have been cleared out. The meeting ended in the afternoon with positive conclusions on this first year of project and best wishes for the future achievements! It was a joy for all of us to participate in this meeting and to recieve a positive feedback from our project officer.


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