Bernhard Fleck welcomed the attendees and again thanked the entire SOHO recovery team for their hard work during the recent recovery. Applause subscribed his words.
He introduced the new Deputy Project Scientist, Paal Brekke from University of Oslo and a new science writer, Stafano Coledan who was contacted by the Agency to help popularize SOHO results. Unfortunately some of the PI's could not attend the meeting due to a strike in Finland (J. Torsti) and the well known avalanches in Switzerland (C. Fröhlich). No Lasco representative could attend. In addition, many people from the operations team at GSFC could not come due to all the planned activities in the coming week.
Peter Wenzel welcomed all attendees to ESTEC and the Solar System Division.