[Coral-List] Virtual meetings and ICRS costs

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Tue Jul 26 08:43:53 EDT 2011

Since the ICRS is over a year away......why would there not be time to add a
virtual component?

It seems to me the organizers would welcome such an option (as an additional
revenue stream) since it's pretty obvious that actual attendance will be
much lower than expected.  (We opened a facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/135869123163838>page to allow people to
vent off the Coral List about their attendance cancellations and within 24
hours more than 50 people signed up for the group representing over 1/6th
the total number of the Regular ICRS facebook page...so simple conservative
math would say at least 400 people from the projected attendance of 2500
won't be able to make it due to the high costs and my instincts would say
attendance will probably be much lower than even that.)


Todd R Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
3305 Edwards Court
(609 PORTIA N ST, NOKOMIS, FL 34275 AFTER Aug. 5th)
Greenville, NC 27858
252-353-9094 (Direct/Office)
941-484-7482 (Home AFTER August 5th)
941-720-7549 (Cell & Goggle Voice)
toddbarber Skype

www,reefball.org (Reef Ball Foundation)
www.artificialreefs.org (Designed Artificial Reefs)
www.reefbeach.com (Reefs for Beach Erosion)
www.eternalreefs.com (Memorial Reefs)
www.reefball.com (Reef Ball Foundation)

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Simon Donner <simon.donner at gmail.com>
> Several people have suggested holding virtual meetings in place or in
> combination with the ICRS. While it is probably too late to design a
> virtual component of next year's meeting, for which people have
> already been working long and hard to organize, we could begin
> planning for future meetings.
> Virtual conferences are likely to become perfectly normal to us at
> some point in the future, just as e-mail, web browsing, Google Earth,
> Facebook, and Twitter have. I am personally interested in what will be
> required, in terms of psychology and technology, for us to make the
> first step towards that future. If anyone has ideas or suggestions for
> how to organize a virtual meeting, or is spearheading an initiative to
> convert a "live" scientific meeting into a virtual meeting, I'd
> appreciate hearing them either in an e-mail or as comments on my blog:
> Thanks,
> Simon
> --
> Simon Donner
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Geography
> University of British Columbia
> http://www.simondonner.com
> _______________________________________________
> Coral-List mailing list
> Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> http://coral.aoml.noaa.gov/mailman/listinfo/coral-list

More information about the Coral-List mailing list