The MOSAIC project conducted its second Project Partners Meeting, held from November 7th to 9th, 2023, in Innsbruck, Austria. This event was a convergence of in-person and virtual attendees, bringing together project partners from Austria, Slovenia, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.

MOSAIC project meeting © Pavel Kiparisov | IIASA

MOSAIC project meeting

The primary objectives of this meeting were to provide updates on the project's progress, report on developments across the various Work Packages (WP), conduct technical workshops per WP, and delve into the topics of Marteloscopes and Forest Living Labs (FLL). These workshops were pivotal for handling and overcoming in-depth technical concerns and challenges encountered, and formulating an action plan for the next project period. A special segment featured guest speakers from EFI and INRAE who gave in-depth presentations on Marteloscopes – such as their use, application, and training techniques – and other initiatives related to it, all of which are integral to the output of WP 3 and the goals for long-lasting community involvement.

FLAM team in Innsbruck © Pavel Kiparisov | IIASA

FLAM team in Innsbruck

Representing IIASA, the lead partner for WP 1, the FLAM team shared updates on their work, including the establishment of an internal project site, which doubles as a temporary project repository hosted by IIASA. This platform was created to facilitate project-related communication and data-sharing. The FLAM team led a technical breakout session on data collection and harmonization, platform design, and discussions to choose a story “plotline” to best connect and communicate data, results, and partner work. This session was key to laying the groundwork for launching a webGIS atlas, the principal output of WP 1. At the end of the project meeting, important points were clarified and next steps were identified, including the 3rd Project Partners Meeting, to be held in May 2024 in Italy.

Outside the official meeting, the FLAM team used their first business trip with the entire team to hold a team-building session. This informal time helped them strengthen their bonds, contributing to improved teamwork.

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