EUROTAST launched last week at the Institute for Public Understanding of the past (IPUP),University of York, from the 11 to 14 June 2012. The week provided the first opportunity for the whole network to meet one another, and for new fellows to begin their collective training journey, listening to perspectives on the transatlantic slave trade and exploring ways in which they might begin to use their research to engage more broadly with the public. As part of this week, the network hosted a symposium on Tuesday 12 June that explored the key research themes of network projects, and heard presentations challenging and investigating the implications of this research from invited speakers. Highlights of the programme included Professor Fatimah Jackson from the University of North Carolina, speaking about Genetics and African Identity, and Dr. Richard Benjamin, Director of the International Slavery Museum (ISM), exploring the representation of enslavement in a museum context. The symposium ended poignantly with an inaugural public lecture, given by Professor James Walvin entitled Then and Now: Viewing the Transatlantic Slave Trade Over Forty Years.