COVID has meant that scientific conferences, as we’ve previously known them, have ceased to exist.
Many events have responded by shifting their activities online, creating new virtual conferences, where attendees can join from the comfort of their own homes, wherever they might be.
So what does this mean for the communication of research going forwards? Is it possible to replicate the special magic of an in-person event online? Can meaningful collaborations be forged in chat rooms? Will it ever be possible to return to the old days? Do we even want to? Or has that pre-pandemic conference model already had its time?
That is the topic of this week’s episode and over the past couple of weeks I’ve interviewed a number of experts to try and answer some of those questions.
- Susanne Buiter, former Chair of the Program Committee for the European Geosciences Union
- Johnny Palmer, founder and CEO of Pytch, an events and experiences company
- Lauren Parr, Vice President of Meetings at the American Geophysical Union