Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions the kick-off meeting of the IASON project was conducted online. The meeting was hosted by the Lead Partner – Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development and was held on 17 September 2020. The meeting got together 19 participants, representing all 6 partner organization of the IASON project, from 5 different countries (Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and Georgia). The main scope of the meeting was to present the overall goals of the project and the detailed workplan. The meeting was moderated by Mr. Dr. Gabriel LUPU, senior researcher and biologist from DDNI. The representatives from DDBRA, IMB, IHU, KTU-MSF and IBEDC made a short introduction of their organizations and described their roles in the IASON project. The main activities of the project were discussed, the detailed work plan, the management structure and the gantt chart were also presented. The main outcome from the kick-off meeting was the approval of the action plan for the following activities.