The meeting focused on the planning of the IENE 2018 conference, with discussions about proposed topics and subtopics, field trips, the abstract process and other preparation actions for the conference. The SC also discussed strategies for the future of IENE. The secretariat reported that IENE has got five new members since the last SC meeting, so the network now has 405 members.
*In order to make the work of the Steering committee (SC) more transparent to all members, the SC has decided to regularly publish short summaries of their meetings on the website. IENE members are always free to contact the SC with requests, proposals, questions or issues for discussion.