On the first day, nine EGRET+ fellows presented an overview of their EGRET+ project (summarising their main outputs), followed by the JRB meeting. In the late afternoon, a “Wine and Science” session was organised where invited speaker Prof. Richard Wezel gave an informal talk about the perspectives of cortical implants in the visually impaired. On the second day, the remaining EGRET+ fellows presented an overview of their EGRET+ project. Afterwards, the ESRs had the opportunity to pitch their Grant Application in front of a qualified panel. In the afternoon, there was time allocated for working on final reports / remaining deliverables (PIs only). On the third day, the EGRET-cofund fellows presented the latest progress of their projects. Afterwards, the ESRs had the opportunity to pitch their Business Plans in front of a qualified panel. In the afternoon, as a social event, we organised a clinic in ice skating followed by some hours of report writing (PIs only). On the fourth day, the EGRET+’ Dissemination Conference entitled “Progress in understanding glaucoma” took place. During this conference, eighth PIs (together representing all EGRET+ fellows) presented the work of their ESRs, yet put in a broader scientific perspective. During two poster sessions, each EGRET+ fellow presented a highlight of their work in more scientific detail. Furthermore, there was a keynote lecture by Prof. David Garway-Heath, from the University College London (UK) and president of the European Glaucoma Society, on “Measuring Glaucoma Progression”. The conference was attended by ~40 external young scientists/ophthalmologists/clinicians. The day was closed with a party at “de Bovenkamer” including a ceremony during which the ESRs were awarded their training certificates (see Picture below).
The eight and last meeting was organised by UMCG in Groningen (NL) from December 9th to December 12th 2019 as an integrated training event with EGRET-cofund program. For the full program of the workshop, click here.