The magnificent National Botanic Garden of Belgium was the venue for the inaugural meeting of the INQUIRE project. Thirty one participants representing the 17 Partners came together from 17-19 January to discuss a range of issues associated with the setting up of the INQUIRE project. This included exploring a shared understanding of inquiry based science education, the setting up of national Advisory Groups and identifying potential models for the INQUIRE teacher training courses. The two day meeting, run in English, also permitted time for participants to experience several IBSE activities as well as visit the National Botanic Garden of Belgium. During the meeting it was stressed that the strength of the project would lie in the diversity of the experiences and knowledge of the group. The aim is not to create one course run in each of the 11 countries, rather to draw on each partner’s knowledge and experience to shape a course relevant to each partner’s context. Maria Theresa Cuartero Lausin (EU Project Officer – DG Research, Directorate Science, Economy and. Society, European Commission) presented an overview of Framework 7 and explained the funding mechanisms for the project. She also emphasised the importance of the INQUIRE within a European context.