Kickoff Meeting of RESCUE Project

The Kickoff Meeting of RESCUE Project was held online through an electronic platform, on Thursday 24-03-2022, at 12.00 a.m. The object of the event was the official start of the project and the organization of the project implementation process. Representatives of the project’s partners participated in the meeting. From the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) participated Mr. Ioannis Politis, Assistant Professor, Mr. Georgios Georgiadis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Mr. Panagiotis Papaioannou, Emeritus Professor, Ms. Anastasia Nikolaidou, PhD Candidate and Mr. Alexandros Sdoukopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher. From the University of Macedonia (UoM) participated Mr. Grigoris Simos, Emeritus Professor while from the University of Crete (UoC) Mr. Manolis Manioudis, Postdoctoral Researcher and Ms. Milena Panayotopoulou, PhD Candidate.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Principal Investigator & Project Coordinator, Mr. Ioannis Politis, after thanking the attendees for their presence at the meeting, invited them to discuss the educational and research activities of their organizations and especially regarding the pandemic of COVID-19. AUTh conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey during the first phase of the pandemic, which concerned the effect of social distancing measures on mobility characteristics and travel behavior. The UoM participated in a psychological study regarding the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and concerned an intercultural effort to understand and prevent the anxiety and stress that a pandemic can cause. Regarding UoC, its research activity focuses mainly on the recognition and treatment of the financial impact of COVID-19, especially with regard to companies.

Then, Mr. Politis made a presentation of RESCUE project. He briefly referred to the implementation of the project with reference to the various Work Packages as well as the expected results and actions that will be implemented within the project. At the end of the meeting, the next actions for the implementation of the project were discussed and decided by all the partners.