The kick-off meeting of DiStruc was held on 6-8 January 2015, at the Denys Wilkinson Building in Oxford. The meeting was attended by Dirks Aarts, Julia Yeomans, Jonathan Doye and Roel Dullens from the University of Oxford, Pavlik Lettinga from Julich, Paul van der Schoot from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Eric Grelet from CNRS/Bordeaux, George Petekidis from FORTH, Erik Westenhoff from Tejin Aramid, Krassimir Velikov from Unilever, Simon Jestin from Canoe/Adera, Deniz Gunes from Nestlé and David Dunmur from Manchester University. Also Maria Vamvakaki from FORTH, Zvonimir Dogic from Brandeis University, and Patrick Davidson from CNRS who could not attend the event, contributed through skype video calls.
Each beneficiary and partner presented his/her current scientific interests, the way they intend to contribute to the DiStruc project and their relevant scientific goals. Each Work Package and its deliverables were discussed separately per node and per ESR.
The beneficiaries also specified the desirable background of the ESR(s) they wish to hire and discussed the secondments they can offer.
The coordinator gave a presentation covering the practical aspects of the Network: management structure, procedures, finances, recruitment process and dissemination of results (including the open access obligation of the beneficiaries and the visibility of the EU emblem and funding). The attendees discussed their ideas on these practical issues and how they can meet the deadlines specified in the Grant Agreement.