Taking GRONEN to virtual space
Dear colleagues and friends,
Our community has long been discussing virtual conferencing as a way to make conference travel more sustainable. Given that GRONEN’s theme 2020 is “Sustainability in the Digital Age”, we had also prepared some virtual participation options. We wanted to livestream selected sessions and together with Cristyn Meath from the University of Queensland we set up a 3D conference world to showcase virtual reality conferencing via VR-goggles. What we could not have foreseen was the COVID-19 pandemic and that we will be forced to go 100% virtual.
Besides working out the technical details, a big question for us in the past weeks has been this: How can we ensure that a virtual event still makes you feel part of a research community? On reflection, we feel the key to making academic exchange work in virtual space is to acknowledge that a virtual conference will just be different. It cannot (and should not) replace physical meetings. But we can challenge ourselves this summer to pioneer some engaging formats for online interaction that might even become useful beyond times of crisis.
For GRONEN2020, we will have:
Registration for GRONEN is open until June 1st, there are a few spots left.
We look forward to seeing you online!
René Bohnsack & Christina Bidmon