The HoPE Kick off Meeting was held in Marid the 5th and 6th of June 2014. This meeting brought the partners together in person for the first time. This will facilitate communications in future. The team looked strong and should be able to produce meaningful output in the allocated timescale. Besides discussing various administrative subjects of the project, the core activities have been kicked off. The action plan was reviewed in detail and confirmed as still correct except for minor changes to the timing of some activities. WP leaders were now expecting to organise their Work packages and allocate tasks to Partners as required.