After having successfully worked together for one year, the EcoPodcats Consortium finally met in person for the first time! Hosted by our partner IIF in beautiful Valletta, Malta, two members of each of the seven partners participated in work-intense project meetings scheduled at the end of November 2022.
In the meetings the progress of the past year was evaluated and the future steps were planned. Among other things, the partners discussed the translation and dissemination of the freshly published handbook for teachers “Care for the environment” (see here ) and of the Teachers Training Toolkit (see here). The meeting also served to jointly take final design decisions for the EcoPodcasts Platform, with a special focus on security and anti-bullying issues. Another important issue concerned the Strategy for Networking with existing climate change initiatives, as well as the exchange of resources and know-how. Also the details of the Teacher Training Workshop which will take place in June 2023 in Salento, Italy were discussed and preliminarily set.
As a highlight of the meeting there was the presentation of some pilot-podcasts, which were pro-actively produced by some students of Geo Milev, our coordinating partner from Bulgaria. And of course there were also moments of fun and play, for example when the partners exchanged goodies, such as the cookies with the project mascot “Friendly Mike” provided by REACH, AECCB, etc.
It was a great meeting, which will help us start the second project year with clear goals and tasks, as well as enhanced team spirit. All EcoPodcasts partners are very grateful to the IIF Team from Malta (Anamaria and Katina) for the fantastic organization!