Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Agro-Know on the move (Part II)

Well, today was one of these days, when a large part of the AK team is travelling on the same date. Nikos Manolis, Andreas and me found ourselves on the same flight without even knowing; my colleagues travelling to Budapest for the agINFRA project meeting while I was travelling to Birmingham for the Organic.Lingua 7th project meeting - both flights through Munich (the common part of our trips). Nikos Marianos had taken an earlier flight to the UK for the Organic.Lingua meeting, Giannis would join us on the following day while Babis had to cancel the trip he was sharing with Andreas and Nikos Manolis due to health issues. Needless to say that during the 14th-17th of January, the AK office was half-empty (or half-full, from an optimists point of view!).

I arrived earlier and managed to get in the lovely Aegean lounge at El. Venizelos airport, which provided a quiet environment, fast wireless internet and coffee/snacks; an ideal place to work before getting on board and much more convenient than the gate seats...

Working in the Aegean lounge

While waiting for boarding, we also met Dr. Vangelis Karkaletsis from NCSR Demokritos, a good friend and partner in the Semagrow FP7 project, who was travelling to Luxemburg for the "Info Day for Big Data and Language Technologies", a part of the Information and networking days - H2020 Work Programme 2014-2015, Connecting Europe Facility. These topics are in at the heart of what all three projects (agINFRA, Organic.Lingua and Semagrow) are working on.

We all flew together to Munich and then separated; I had to rush in order to catch my flight to Birmingham while Andreas and Nikos had some time to spend at the airport before boarding to their flight to Budapest. We all arrived to our destinations safe and well in the end, having some time for last minute preparations for our meetings.