The 1st Executive Committee Meeting and the 1st meeting of the Research Committee were combined to start the Horizon 2020 Project with a general “Kickoff Meeting”.

The Kickoff Meeting was preceded by a press conference on June 15, 2015 in which Prof. Sonja Puntscher Riekmann and Prof. Stefan Griller introduced the Austrian media to the whole project and prepared briefs explaining the rationale and the single steps envisaged to deliver new insights into member states’ preferences. The echo was important as all main print media and public broadcaster were present and conveyed the project to a larger Public. The Ö1 radio broadcaster (the largest public station) presented the project and a live interview with Sonja Puntscher Riekmann on June 19, 2015. Print media have also reported on the project (see DerStandard, DiePresse, and APA.