Science is an international endeavour and scientists travelling for work reasons contribute to travel-related CO2 emissions. In particular, the flight-related CO2 burden generated by scientists traveling to conferences casts a shadow on the highly enriching experiences that these conferences provide (NILU study, USCB study). Air traffic currently accounts for about 3% of global CO2 emissions and is rapidly growing.
Develop a novel design for a multi-location conference that would take place in different locations simultaneously, uniting participants despite being separated in space and by the timezones.
The key questions are: How to create an experience of engagement and participation at both sites simultaneously? How not to lose the important aspect of personal presence, visibility and immediate Q&A? How to elevate networking on a new level beyond the anyway-pretty-restricted boundaries of the buffet table?
The motto is “Separated in Space, United By Science!”
First, think big -- What makes a successful conference? What novel ideas do you have? Second, come up with solutions focusing on
- technologies for talks / question and answer sessions / posters / networking / social activities
- time zone difference
- various aspects of interactions including lively audience-wide discussion of scientific concepts / one-to-one with speakers / topical small groups / personal networking
- feasibility including management and costs