As we reach the end of the first month in the Thematic Program, I think we are achieving most of what we wanted. The first workshop was a great excitement, followed by extended visits by several senior researchers, who gave guest lectures and talks in the subsequent weeks. The graduate courses are well under way and the postdocs and long term visitors are beginning to interact in scientifically meaningful ways.
All we have to do is keep it up for five more months without any major snafu and we can declare mission accomplished. Of course I have now jinxed myself, but we are all probabilists, not silly superstitious people, or are we ?