July 1, 2011 – 9:36 pm
I’m in the city of Zagreb in Croatia at the moment to take part in a Knowledge Transfer event run by HERA, the European research agency that funds Rhythm Changes – the jazz research project I’m involved in.
HERA funds a bunch of different projects – from pop music to mediaeval manuscripts and the idea is to bring together all of the different projects to see if they can work together to share their knowledge with each other, and more broadly with key stakeholders and members of the public.
That’s in the daytime. In the evening, we hang out, chat, go to bars, do a spot of sightseeing and just generally get to know each other.
They’re a good bunch of really smart and interesting people, and of course the best stuff happens outside of the structured sessions, when we can just chat about what we do and what we’re interested in… and maybe joke around a little (or a lot).
But through all that, a lot of good work happens. We’ve managed to set up some great potential projects out of it in a number of different places. Will need to get to work on making those happen over the next few weeks.
And Zagreb’s such a beautiful city. Plus… the locals really know how to have a good time…