The 4D-REEF Consortium was awarded their EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant on Christmas Eve 2018. What a great news to start 2019 with the prospect of building a scientific hub of excellence in the relatively new domain of conservation palaeobiology.

On 14 May 2019, the supervisory team convened for the first time in Leiden, the Netherlands for a pre-kick-off meeting. Representatives from all beneficiaries and partner organisations attended the meeting. It was especially great to see a large representation from Indonesian counterparts in Leiden as well!

The agenda of the meeting included a general introduction of all beneficiaries and partners, recruitment procedures, financial arrangements, project planning including fieldwork and training activities, reporting and data management, risks, and an overview of the scientific programme.

The team is looking forward to recruiting a large cohort of 15 Early Stage Researchers plus three additional ESRs in Indonesia to increase our understanding of the role of turbid reefs for the future of marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle as they respond to anthropogenic environmental change.

Participants of the 4D-REEF pre-kick off meeting (left to right): Newton Gomes, Dan Lunt, Sebastian Ferse, Elena Couce, Rohani Ambo Rappe, Juan Carlos Braga, Caroline van Impelen, Rita Dian Takarina, Owen Wangensteen, Erica Hendy, Jon Todd, Ocky Karna Rajasa, Gino Limmon, Hildegard Westphal, Peter Herman, Jamaluddin Jompa, Willem Renema, Alessio Rovere, Wolfgang Muller, Klemens Svetitsch, Miriam Schutter, Arjun Chennu, Luki Adirianto.