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Happy one year TACK!

This month we celebrate the 1st year anniversary of the TACK project. In honour of this occasion, we take a look back at the milestones that have been achieved thus far, in the form of a logbook.

September 2019

The project is officially launched with a kick-off meeting at ETH Zürich on 26/27th September 2020, attended by all academic partners. This month, also the Consortium Agreement is signed by all partners and the draft website goes live on 23rd September.

October 2019

The call for PhD candidates is launched on 8th October 2020 through various platform, including EAHN, SAH, AHRA, and EURAXESS. Later this month a web-developer is commissioned to build the official TACK website, and Korinna Weber joins the TACK team as project manager.

November 2019

The call for PhD applications closes on 8th November 2020, with a total of 247 applications received. By the end of the month, 45 applicants are shortlisted an invited for an interview. 26th November 2020 the SB meets in an online meeting via Skype to discuss the finalists among the Top 45 applicants. The same day the selected candidates are informed that they were invited for an interview.

December 2019

The final 10 PhD candidates are selected by the end of December and offered a place in the network. This month, Tom Avermaete, the project leader also invited prospective Advisory Board members to join the project.

January 2020

Gaia Caramellino joins the TACK network.

February 2020

The First Version of Data Management Plan is complete; Hamish Lonergan (ETH ESR) and Mara Trübenbach (AHO ESR) join the TACK Supervisory Boards as delegates, and Johnny Chang develops the graphic identity for the network.

March 2020

On 1st March the new TACK-website goes live, and the first Foundational Course Meeting is held in Delft and Rotterdam. At this occasion, the TACK Advisory Board members are officially presented: Stefan Anspach, Wivina Demeester, Françoise Fromonot, Boris Brorman Jensen, Hilde Léon and Caroline Van Eck. A report on the First Foundational Course Meeting, which was organised by Klaske Havik, Helena Mattsson and Tim Anstey is available here:

Jennifer Mack joins the TACK network.

April 2020

The first TACK-Newsletter goes out to the network on 20th April in order to facilitate communication with all the network members.

May 2020

The first instalment of the TACK Talks – a series of conversations between academic and non-academic members of the network kicks off. Due to the COVID-19 measures, these talks take place online; they are livestreamed, and recordings are made available through the TACK website:

Michele Loi is appointed as Ethics Advisor.

June 2020

The 1st Intermediate meeting, organised by Helena Mattson and Jennifer Mack (KTH), in collaboration with Klaske Havik and Tim Anstey, takes place online on 15-16th June 2020. A

report of the 1st Intermediate meeting available here:

At this time, also the first meeting with the TACK Advisory Board members take place. Read some highlights of the discussion here:

July 2020

The first instalment of the TACK Talks concludes, followed by a reflection by Hamish Lonergan:

August 2020

Eva Sommeregger joins the TACK network.

September 2020

Currently, the doctoral candidates involved in the network are embarking on their first secondments, while the TACK network is preparing for the next intermediate meeting at AHO and the next series of TACK talks. We are looking forward to another fruitful TACK-year!