On November 18 & 19, the Kickoff meeting for the Marie Curie ITN PolarNet was held in Utrecht. PolarNet is a large European research and training consortium that brings together academic and private partners from 7 European countries to study the basic principles of cell polarity. PolarNet will run for 4 years, starting on October 1st 2015, and funds 15 PhD students (5 within the IBB).