The WISER project has officially kicked off with a meeting in London, attended by collaborators from all the partner institutions (Imperial College London, Addis Ababa University, the National Institute for Medical Research, and the Natural History Museum in London).
The 2-day meeting started with presentations from each institution, addressing the institutions' histories and recent and relevant research. The group then went on to discuss the work plan, potential challenges in the project, stakeholder engagement, outreach opportunities and conferences over the three years of the project. Prof Freemont and Drs Emery and Allan gave tours of their labs (including the London DNA Foundry and the Schistosomiasis Collection at the National History Museum). The group also met with representatives from the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, in order to learn more about their activities.
Dr Templeton concluded the meeting with the words "Let's get to work!".