In December 2020, we already reported on the highlights and successes of MIX-UP, but also of biotechnology itself - but there was not yet time for a proper summary of the year 2020. One thing is certain: these were definitely difficult months - especially since the project started nearly parallel with the beginning of the pandemic. To find out how the progress of the project is after one year, the next big 3rd General Assembly was held in January 2021.
In addition to the MIX-UP partners, a Project Officer and a Project Monitor from the European Commission were present to monitor the project and provide feedback to the European Commission and the MIX-UP partners through a detailed report. During these three days all partners presented, discussed and evaluated their achieved results of 2020. Looking back on the past months and the Corona-related hurdles that had to be overcome, all MIX-UP Partners were naturally unsure how the feedback would turn out. The tension was palpable. Could the set goals, deliverables and milestones be achieved - despite a global pandemic?
Fortunately, it quickly became clear that the project was going very well despite Corona:
We have achieved all of our objectives and milestones that were set in 2020. In particular, the dissemination and communication of the results to the public was rated very well. But without scientific work, there is nothing to communicate to the public – happily, the scientific output also worked out very well. Overall, the consortium got really nice feedback after just one year of work!