The next SPICA/SAFARI consortium meeting will be held in Rome at the IAPS-INAF (see travel/venue). The prime goal of the meeting will be to present the current project programmatic status, both in Europe and in Japan, and the technical progress over the last half year since the Heidelberg meeting. Looking forward, the preparations required on the consortium side to be optimally aligned with the ESA phase 0 study – expected to start January 2018 - will be discussed. In addition, the process towards organising a SPICA science conference in the late 2018/early 2019 timeframe will be set in motion. The main purpose for this conference will be to increase the awareness and support for the SPICA mission in the science community.