With the organization of a virtual conference, many organizers are entering completely new territory. The experience gained over many years from the world of face-to-face events suddenly only works to a limited extent or not at all in a digital environment, and advice from the field has been sparse until now. We would like to change that and provide you with a few tips that will help ensure virtual conferences be successful for all.
Conferences are more than just lectures. That was the clear result of a survey we conducted with hundreds of participants of academic conferences and congresses. In response to the question “What makes a successful conference for you?” the aspects “networking” and “meeting new contacts” were each answered with almost the same importance as “gaining new knowledge from lectures.”
Against the backdrop of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, organizers as well as conference-goers had to get used to virtual alternatives. Born out of necessity, many different creative approaches have popped up in the meantime, seemingly overnight.
Do you know every detail in the contracts you have signed with the provider of your conference software? It’s always better to read the small print for there are providers out there who prefer to follow their own interests rather than to address your needs. Sometimes, you’re even helping it happen by unknowingly providing the data.
PowerPoint presentations have been the standard at scientific conferences for a long time.
Unfortunately, one thing about them is certain: They’re trivial. Among all the identical-looking slides with their titles and bullet points sometimes really exciting things get lost.
It doesn’t always have to be that way. How about putting your results and ideas in the spotlight next time? We’ll show you some tools that can help you with this.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring all the ideas and impressions your conference attendees are posting online to your conference? What if you could create a second-screen experience for everyone to participate?
How about trying it with a Twitter wall at your next conference?
Learn how you can use such a wall effectively and when it’s best to go without one.