Start-up meeting in Helsinki

Attendants of the startup meeting in Helsinki, Finland (5 - 6 Nov 2013)
Startup meeting in Helsinki, Finald (5 – 6 Nov 2013)

The first meeting of the FareWellDock took place on 5 to 6 November 2013 in Finland, with 19 participants. The meeting was started by updating each other on the first steps of the project taken so far in each of the six countries. Plans and scheduling for the upcoming three years were discussed, including plans for internal and external communication. While FareWellDock is a project focusing on research, effort will also be made to communicate the results to end users, such as farmers and stakeholder media. Discussions on methodology to be used in the project were also on the agenda, including the new and promising welfare measure called tear-staining. Matters of terminology were brought up by raising the question whether the word enrichment may be partly misleading: it suggests luxury, while chewing and rooting are fundamental needs in pigs. Part of the time in the meeting was allocated for the participants to split into three groups, according to the three work packages of the project. This gave the researchers from each participating country an opportunity to sit together and efficiently plan details of their work packages. The intensive and fruitful two days concluded with the first meeting of the steering group, which consists of one responsible coordinator from each of the six countries. In the future of the project, meetings for the entire project will be arranged once a year, with video conferences in between.

Attendants at the startup meeting at work
Attendants at the startup meeting at work