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FoodTraNet Winter School: Aristotle University, Greece

By Cathrine Terro.

Welcome to Greece!

From March 25 to March 29, I participated in the FoodTraNet Project Meeting and Winter School. The school took place in Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This gathering marked the culmination of the project, focusing on the topic of Advanced Solutions in Food Production and Safety.

Presentations & more

The event kicked off with informative sessions covering project progress, social media impact, collaborations, and secondments. We delved into fascinating topics such as nutrition and health in ancient Greek thought, as well as the application of biobased materials in food packaging. Later, each of the 15 early-stage researchers presented updates from their projects, secondments, trainings, network activities, along with dissemination and outreach activities.

The following day featured presentations on pharmaceutical research and employment prospects, alongside a comprehensive practical workshop on project writing.

During the project writing session, participants were grouped to collaboratively create project proposals, engaging in practical sessions and lively roundtable discussions where they presented their proposals and received feedback, fostering interactive learning and skill development in project writing.

The last day was dedicated to discussions on sustainability strategies, innovative concepts like edible optical barcodes and sensors, and a comprehensive presentation on Biοbased polymers. We also had the opportunity to explore AUTH university labs firsthand. We wrapped up the school with insightful roundtable conversations and concluding remarks, bringing the meeting to a close.

Social Events

The school included social dinners and activities which were important for teambuilding.

Such events included a walking tour through Thessaloniki, a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and Pozar thermal baths trip organized by Lorenzo Martello and Johan Stanley.

Pozar Thermal Baths, are located in northern Greece near the village of Loutraki. Known for their natural thermal springs, these baths have been cherished for centuries for their healing properties and serene ambiance.

The next assembly will take place in Slovenia and will represent the final meeting of the project along with a closing ceremony.

Short facts about Thessaloniki [1]

• The White Tower is the city’s most famous landmark, standing on the waterfront and offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.
• Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, with a vibrant history and culture.
• Named after Alexander the Great’s half-sister, Thessalonike, the city was founded in 316/315 BC by Cassander of Macedon.
• The city has been influenced by Romans, Ottomans, and Jews, creating a rich tapestry of cultural heritage.


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