After the starting gun, the ZIP group has successfully jumped the first hurdles. All fellows but one are now hired, settled in the partner institutions and working on their projects. The first data and ideas start circulating. Between May and October we hired one more ESR fellow: Gian Maria Bocchini (ESR11, Italian), based at NOA in Athens and already well integrated. We welcome him and wish him a good work. ESR2 based at GFZ in Potsdam is still to start due to administrative issues.
This second issue of the ZIP Newsletter reports on events organized in the last six months: the ZIP Starter 1 field excursion on the Alps, Italy July 8-17 (WP4.2); the Short Course on transferable skills, Paris September 15-19 (WP6.1); the Short Course on Numerical Modeling, Athens October 6-12 (WP5.1); the Second ZIP Annual Meeting, Athens October 13-14 (WP7.1).