Major programs, such as our ATLAS one, are usually followed up by the funding organisation during the lifetime of the program. There is a little bit of work to prepare for such follow up (a report and a hearing in this case), but it is usually fun work. We have already turned our report in, and the 21st we have our hearing.
While carrying out the every-day work in a program, it is hard to keep track on every corner of it. Too much going on. Preparing for a midterm-report and hearing provides an opportunity to do just that. How many samples have we run altogether, to what coverage, and what have we been able to publish up till now? What is about to get published? I am especially pleased to notice the greenhouse-effect of our ATLAS project. We have several researchers who worked in the program in the beginning, but have since left us to set up their own operations. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson is one of them, she is now a co-PI in The Viking Phenomenon program in Uppsala. And Linus Girdland-Flink is another, he is now running an operation in Liverpool. All of them have kept some kind of tie or collaboration with the ATLAS. And a few have remained part-time in the ATLAS while running their own projects in parallel. Apart from all the data and science, programs like this one will at best create lasting collaborations between researchers who worked for a while in the program and then let their careers take them elsewhere.