CodeChi Kick-off Meeting: A Remarkable Success!


The eagerly awaited SPP 2416 (CodeChi) Kick-off Meeting unfolded at the University of Siegen on February 1st and 2nd, marking a significant milestone in the fields of chitin-related research in Germany. Welcoming scientists from 20 esteemed German research institutions, alongside one representative from France, the event proved to be a vibrant gathering of minds.
A total of 19 fascinating talks and an equal number of presented posters enriched the venue, setting the stage for an intellectually stimulating exchange. From exploring novel insights into plant, insect and human biology to delving into cutting-edge applications, the presentations covered a wide spectrum of chitin-related research.
Beyond its scientific achievements, the meeting excelled in the organizational aspect, seamlessly facilitating meaningful connections within the CodeChi network in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Witnessing the birth of new collaborations and the vibrant exchange of knowledge among participants was both inspiring and stimulating.
Professor Hans Merzendorfer, coordinator of the SPP 2416, along with the dedicated organizing team, extend their heartfelt gratitude to each participant for their invaluable contributions. The unwavering engagement and enthusiasm of the participants transformed the event into a memorable and fruitful experience for all involved.
As we reflect on the success of this gathering, we eagerly anticipate harnessing the collective expertise and synergy of all participants to propel forward in our shared mission of advancing chitin-related research.
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