The IAPH Data Collaboration Group on Automation will kick-off with an online meeting on 8 February (1-3 PM CET) under the leadership of Phanthian Zuesongdham from Hamburg Port Authority (photo). Building on the outcomes of previous discussions and proposals during the Data Collaboration Committee meetings, the group will be meeting to formulate its concrete agenda and work program for the year to come. Addressing change in management to integrate automation projects in ports, and exchange of best practices via the World Port Sustainability Program database and further building on those, are amongst the areas of work to be further considered and defined at the kick-off meeting. The group is also inspired and builds upon the outcomes of the recent regional Europe Africa Harbor Café sessions that highlighted best practice examples on robotics and automation in ports. Members are warmly encouraged to actively participate to the 8 February meeting to shape the IAPH automation agenda and commit to contribute to the follow-up work. If you are interested to join the group, please contact our colleague Takeshi Suzuki: email@example.com.