Erasmus+ Project FA-ST: 3rd Virtual Project Meeting & Implementation Updates

June 16, 2021
Christos Dimopoulos

CERIDES is coordinating the implementation of project FA-ST (Fast prototyping and entrepreneurial skills to promote female founded start-ups in STEM). The project is funded through the Erasmus+ Programme mechanism KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth. The FA-ST project provides opportunities of empowerment and development to young women affected by socioeconomic or other barriers (migrants background, weak family support, early school leavers), and inspires them to start a business in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

The FA-ST project consortium conducted its 3rd Virtual Project Meeting on the 1st of June 2021. The meeting was conducted using the Zoom virtual environment, in direct substitution of the previously scheduled physical Transnational Project Meeting (TPA) which was supposed to take place on month 18 of the project (as per the official project description). The latter meeting was deemed impossible to implement due to both the travel restrictions and the ban on social and business gatherings which are currently in place in all project participant countries due to the Covid-19 situation.

During the meeting, the project partners confirmed the finalisation of the project’s Intellectual Outputs IO2 and IO3. The focus of the project now shifts to the implementation of the piloting activities, as the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic seems to stabilise with the help of the global vaccination programs. Each country presented a draft local piloting plan. All partners agreed that these plans have the best chances to materialise during the period of autumn 2021.

The FA-ST Consortium comprises of the following organizations:

Dr. Christos Dimopoulos, co-Director of CERIDES, acts as the project manager of FA-ST project. Professor Maria Meletiou (Head of Education and Training Services, CERIDES), Dr. Simona Mihai (Director of the PEAK Laboratory), and Dr. Angelos Sofianides (Research Associate of the  CERIDES laboratory), are comprising the EUC team responsible forthe implementation of the FA-ST project.

Full information about the FA-ST project and its activities can be found in the following pages: