[visionlist] online conference questions

Michael Barnett-Cowan mbc at uwaterloo.ca
Thu Apr 9 21:57:00 -04 2020

I attended an excellent, last minute online conference arranged by Konrad
Kording et al who put together their thoughts here:

Best part was the $200 fee the run the conference as well as the time put
in by the organizers across multiple time zones of course.

Michael Barnett-Cowan

On Thu., Apr. 9, 2020, 9:29 p.m. Andrew Watson, <abwatson at me.com> wrote:

> Friends,
> In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many scientific organizations
> have cancelled their conferences or moved to an online format. In many
> cases, details of how the conference is to be conducted “online” have yet
> to be announced.
> An online conference can take many forms, and must confront many
> challenges. Since social distancing may be with us for a while, and since
> online conferences may endure beyond the pandemic, I am interested in
> hearing from others how they would organize an online meeting. I am also
> interested in hearing of any experiences or plans. If there is sufficient
> response, I will collect tips, links, examples into a repository.
> Some issues/questions:
> Platform? (zoom, FaceTime, Webex, CrowdCast, GoToMeeting,…)
> Live or recorded talks?
> How to manage discussion/questions/comments?
> Time zones (one, several, none)?
> Physical hubs? (not during pandemic)
> Talk formats?
> Poster formats?
> Timing? (duration of conference, how talks are arranged)
> Archiving? (if recorded, how long do talks remain online)
> Fees? (registration, author, audience)
> I think the biggest challenge is how to re-create the shared energy and
> enthusiasm that an in-person conference evokes.
> Hoping you are all well,
> -Beau
> Andrew B. Watson
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