This week saw the official kick off meeting of the Research England Expanding Excellence in England programme, which has provided the funding to expand AstrobiologyOU over the last few months. Karen Olsson-Francis, Vic Pearson, Louise Thomas and Mario Toubes-Rodrigo represented AstrobiologyOU and presented a poster about the group’s activities and members.
The event was an excellent opportunity to meet other E3-funded groups and hear how they have been working to build their groups. Sessions on the experiences and development opportunities for Early Career Researchers allowed us to share the excellent practice of the Open University.
Several potential collaborations were also identified, which supports Research England’s aim to stimulate strategic partnerships between higher education and beyond, and we look forward to exploring those in the future.