- January 20th 2020, we organized a kick-off meeting for all PI’s and also the partner organisations were invited. They were not all available to join, however, we had 35 people present. We started with a general welcome and overview of the network by our coordinator (Prof van Vollenhoven) and a word of welcome from the board of directors of the AMC.

 

- Sona Allahverdiyeva (ESR15), gave a short interview to one of the Azerbaijani TV channels on her AMC COVID-19 project (You can watch it here.) published as a preprint on bioRxiv

 

- The Amsterdam University Medical centers had several “New-Year awards”; one for the promotion of integration and harmonization in a team between locations VuMC and AMC, and another for promoting the external visibility of the Amsterdam UMC. As the ARCAID program basically combined both (being teams from both VUMC and AMC working together to bring 20 external PhD students to Amsterdam) we made a movie and submitted this. Unfortunately, we were not nominated for the prize, however, the movie can be seen on the website (here).

 

- Chiara Geyer (ESR16) participated in a COVID-19 Symposium of the Amsterdam UMC (“Unorthodox Teams” on 3 December 2020) watch it here!

 

- The 28th of January 2021, we organized the first in what will be a series of lectures by a guest speaker associated with the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Prof. Robert Landewé; “The epidemiology of COVID 19”, which was very well attended by both the fellows as well as PI’s and other associated researchers.

- The 18th of March 2021, Prof. Robert Landewé presented a second lecture; “Reliability, whydoes it matter?”, which was again very well attended by both the fellows as well as PI’s and other associated researchers.

- Our partner organisation EATRIS announced the launch of the ADVANCE Online Course. ADVANCE is a 30-month EU training project, supported by Erasmus Plus with the objective to develop a 3-stage blended learning programme to support early-career biomedical scientists in developing currently missing scientific knowledge, transversal skills and competences to meet the key challenge areas existing in the ATMP development cycle. This course was also open for the ARCAID researchers and some fellows indeed participate.