Successful Kick-off Meeting
On Tuesday 5th of November 2019, the official kick-off Meeting of the European COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action VascAgeNet (“Network for Research in Vascular Ageing”, https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18216/) was held at the premises of the COST Association in Brussels. The kick-off Meeting was the official start of four years of networking to initiate joint research activities across Europe. VascAgeNet aims to establish a network which will work to refine, harmonize and promote the use of vascular ageing biomarkers, in order to improve clinical practice and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases globally. The network currently compromises researchers and industrial partners from 26 European countries and two International Partner Countries (Australia and US) and is open for the expansion to further COST countries.
Forty-five nationally nominated Management Committee members were present at the meeting in Brussels. The meeting was used to present the COST policy and rules by the COST Association, the election of the Action Roles, such as Chair and Working Group Leaders and to commence discussions on ways to address the Action’s research coordination and capacity-building objectives. The kick-off meeting was a great start for networking and commencing joint activities (such as the planning of Working Group meetings, training schools and workshops) and research for the next four years and beyond.