Community Forum

Expand all | Collapse all

Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

  • 1.  Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-07-2020 10:14
    Greetings!

    Kudos to Anne Marie Gruber, a librarian at the University of Iowa, for the brilliant idea of creating a publicly accessible google spreadsheet to collect information on academic conferences that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I encourage ON readers to add details for events about which you may be aware. With some careful curating, this could become an extremely valuable resource for estimating carbon savings as a collateral "benefit" of the epidemic. There is also the important possibility that new social practices will emerge out of the disruption.

    Best wishes,

    Maurie


  • 2.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-09-2020 15:31
    This is a great resource. I agree that some new social practices could emerge, including a move to virtual conferences, which have the potential to be more inclusive and less carbon-intensive. Thanks for posting.


  • 3.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-17-2020 02:30
    Dear Anna,
    I have also been thinking about virtual conferences, but I have never really seen one. Did you? If not, I would be interested to look for other people who are intersted in this and to figure out what possibilities exist (or need to be created) to make this work. Sure we can organise webinars to replace the classical lectures, but how to organise a poster session? How about the more informal contacts between participants? For me this is the most important part of a conference.
    You can also contact me on hrahier@vub.be
    Kind regards,
    Hubert


  • 4.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-17-2020 03:49
    Dear Hubert and Anna,

    In fact, I have attended various online conferences in Europe already; happy to share some of that experience!

    As for missing the informal contacts, if the conference is well organized there are also chatrooms where you can connect with someone more personally and informally (e.g. when someone said something that specifically interested you during a panel debate and you'd like to chat about that etc.).

    We have to 'learn' to value differently. Before corona, it was friendly to shake hands and to attend the funeral of your friends' parents. Today it is a token of friendship NOT to shake hands and to stay away from the funeral, so the family can feel safe.
    Corona is turning our 'normal' habits, patterns and values upside down, yet it may be just what we need. Maybe when we look back on this, later on, we may wonder how on Earth we have ever accepted (or even encouraged) the practice of moving researchers around the globe for conferences, while the rest of the living beings on Earth were paying a tremendous price for that.

    ------------------------------
    Anne Snick
    SAPIRR - Systems Approach to Public Innovation and Responsible Research
    ------------------------------



  • 5.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-17-2020 05:55

    Dear Anne,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!

    Something different (yes, I looked on Linkedin) Do you know happonomy https://www.happonomy.org/nl/? If you are interested in other economic systems, this is of interest to you.

    Kind regards,

    Hubert

     






  • 6.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-17-2020 13:17
    Thanks for this -- I hadn't heard of it.


  • 7.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-17-2020 13:27
    Thanks, these are great examples. I know that there was an educational conference done online in Sweden, and they did indeed use the breakout room functions of Zoom to have some of the serendipitous person-to-person connections that in-person conferences do (they had a yoga room, for example, and also a German language chat room during the breaks). James Ellsmoor organized a very successful "Virtual Island Summit" last year (https://www.islandinnovation.co/summit2019/) and is organizing another this year. There is also a climate conference coming up next week that will be entirely virtual -- here's their twitter page: https://twitter.com/CLIMATE2020_FTZ



  • 8.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-24-2020 09:08
    Thank you all for sharing these resources. We are thinking of moving our partially online/partially in person conference this October to fully online so these will help us with ideas.

    ------------------------------
    Cindy Marven
    CORC CoP Coordinator
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    -----------------
    email: cindy.marven@corccop.com
    website: corccop.com
    twitter: @corc_cop
    facebook: @corccop
    MEOPAR | meopar.ca
    ------------------------------



  • 9.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-20-2020 08:27
    I thought you all might also be interested in a webinar James Ellsmoor (Virtual Island Summit) is hosting next week on how to run a successful virtual conference: https://virtualevents.lpages.co/webinar/


  • 10.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-30-2020 03:09
    Added AMEMR.
    It's not just conferences, I had loads of project meetings cancelled/converted in E-meeting.
    the biggest challenge was a project meeting between UK and South Asian countries, that went surprisingly well (we used ZOOM).

    HOWEVER, there were clear limitations:
    - most policy makers and stakeholder didn't turn up
    - we already met once (or twice) in person
    - difference in timezones imposed a squash in the agenda and early wake-up/late working on both sides
    - meeting went very well given the expectations, but it was I would say half as productive as it could have been if it were made live
    - many of the successful working relationship have been built thanks to the social aspects of the various meetings and conferences. Removing these, will have its cost, particularly on the younger generation (although I acknowledge they might be better suited to adapt/exploit digital social interactions)
    - social interactions help in building a sense of community with numerous benefits, not least on mental health

    So, long live virtual meetings, but with caution :)

    Yuri


  • 11.  RE: Crowdsourced Spreadsheet on Canceled Academic Conferences

    Posted 03-30-2020 15:27
    Dear all, I put something together that itself links to lots of best-practice tools, conferences and ideas (many of those mentioned above). Definitely check out the crowdsourced google docs... --> https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-you-want-run-digital-only-conference-dr-robert-lepenies/