A great experience!
I think that having organized a meeting for all the participants of the HPC-Leap program was a great idea. The three days we spent in Nicosia were very eventful and exciting.
On the first day, I could meet the other fellows and supervisors involved in this PhD program. Even if each of us will work in a specific project in different research areas, we all have a common point: High Performance Computing. This aspect was highlighted during the launching ceremony by the representatives of the following research areas: Lattice QCD, Computational Biology and Turbulent Flows.
At the kickoff meeting we also had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the other fellows and supervisors and to explain our study path and research work carried out during our master. Moreover, I had the possibility to discuss with my supervisors about my project. So we planned my work for the next three years and in particular the secondments and the short/long time objectives.
In these three days in Cyprus, we not only attended some meetings about the general organization of the doctorate, but also shared some cultural and amusing moments. For example, on the last day of the meeting, we did an excursion to discover Nicosia and its main attractions. This initiative contributed to create a great atmosphere and harmony among us and established a strong team spirit. For this reason, I enjoyed the kickoff meeting very much!