EUFAR2 finally kicked off on 1 February 2014, following the signing of the grant agreement in December 2013. Covering the period 2014 - 2018, EUFAR2 is funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme and has a budget of €6m. The EUFAR2 consortium consists of 24 European partner institutions originating from 11 countries, including 12 aircraft operators offering transnational access to 18 instrumented aircraft and 3 remote sensing instruments. Coordination of this project is shared between Météo-France which will continue to coordinate the administrative and management aspects of the project, and the Met Office, which is responsible for the scientific coordination.
The EUFAR2 kick-off meeting marked the official launch of the EUFAR2 project, and served to discuss the project’s implementation plan for the period 2014 - 2018. The meeting consisted of the General Assembly, Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) and Joint Research Activities 1 & 2 sessions. 40 participants (3 via web-conference) attended thevarious meeting sessions, representing the 24 EUFAR2 partners and including the EC project officer, invited guests from NASA, and members of the SAC. A special thanks goes out to VITO for organising the logistics of the meeting and to BELSPO for providing the meeting venue.