[Coral-List] Large international conference goes virtual
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Sun Apr 12 17:54:43 UTC 2020
Thanks Timothy for sharing the example of the outstanding Virtual SETAC.
The organizers of that Online Meeting are #LeadingByExample of Coherence,
Adaptation, Evolution and Effectiveness (Achieving the multi objectives of
an international scientific meeting).
Certainly, the pandemia has contributed to implement #GlobalBehaviorChange
Hopefully, it also will produce #GlobalBehaviOURchange
In fact, the reduction of all means of transportation have had reduced
pollution. The SETAC's example taught us that it is feasible the
organization of present and future Virtual International Meetings.
Moreover, when those should have environmental friendly goals.
El vie, abr 10, 2020 10:24, Bargar, Timothy A via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> escribió:
> I rarely post anything to this group but felt this may be of interest
> given the considerable discussion about conducting the ICRS 2020 meeting
> virtually. I honestly don't know the final outcome of that discussion, but
> the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is giving it
> a try.
> The European meeting of SETAC was slated to occur in Dublin (SETAC Dublin)
> in early May. But given the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, SETAC
> Dublin has become SETAC SiCon (
> https://globe.setac.org/setac-dublin-becomes-setac-scicon/). In two
> months, SETAC converted to what will be a totally virtual meeting.
> I will be interested to see how it goes.
> The First Fully Online Conference Dedicated to Environmental Toxicology
> and Chemistry
> It has been no mean feat to convert the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting,
> a five-day scientific conference consisting of some 1,500 presenters, from
> a face-to-face meeting to fully online in less than two months, but
> necessity has always been the “mother” of innovation. The scientific
> together with the SETAC Europe Council<
> https://www.setac.org/page/SECouncil> and the SETAC staff<
> https://www.setac.org/page/Contact> mobilized to the rescue, and we now
> predict a highly successful meeting. The transition to a virtual meeting
> will in fact more fully support the meeting goal of providing “Open Science
> for Enhanced Global Environmental Protection” by being accessible to an
> even wider audience. It was important to us to include networking
> opportunities and discussions for the live event from 3–7 May, and recorded
> meeting content will be available to registered users for one month after
> the conference. This will help overcome the annual meeting dilemma that we
> all face–which of two or more presentations occurring at the same time in
> different rooms we should attend! Now we will have the opportunity to view
> talks at our leisure in the days after the main event.
> The platform selected to host SETAC SciCon is very versatile and fully
> interactive, promising an enjoyable experience for all of us while we
> adhere to social distancing. Trust us, this is NOT a day long webinar – a
> format that has been hastily adopted by some conference at this time. We
> are seriously worried that SETACers will insist on this platform for other
> events leaving us yearning to meet in cities around the world. We would be
> remiss not to point out that training courses, often sold-out at SETAC
> meetings, will also occur online using a learning platform. Many of our
> trainers were agreeable to conduct their training virtually as most
> universities are using similar options during this unusual time, and the
> students seemed eager to register.
> The SETAC SciCon platform<
> https://dublin.setac.org/general-info/virtual-meeting/> seamlessly
> accommodates many of the features we have come to expect at SETAC meetings
> in the comfort of your home, including:
> * An auditorium for semi live events (which are live events that are
> also recorded for later viewing) including plenary talks and session
> * An exhibit hall with multiple functionality that allows for
> interaction with exhibitors
> * A poster hall for posters and poster corners
> * A talks-on demand area that houses all the platform presentations
> * A slew of topical chatrooms for all to visit
> * A resource center where materials may be downloaded to a virtual
> * A “lobby” where you can get “directions,” technical support or help
> from the SETAC staff at the information desk
> The exhibit hall will include several of our strongest supporters,
> featuring many online offerings, as well as the SETAC Square and beloved
> SETAC Publications booth where a slew of activities are being planned.
> Finally, if you like a bit of competition, you’ll enjoy some of the games
> incorporated through the space. We’re very pleased with the platforms we
> selected for SETAC SciCon and the associated training, and we hope you will
> be too!
> Despite the upheaval of moving to the virtual SETAC SciCon format, a large
> number of participants from around the world are still expected, and
> therefore the program was organized to accommodate multiple time zones.
> SETAC SciCon will commence at 13:00 UTC on Sunday, May 3, with a brief
> opening ceremony, followed by a plenary presentation from Annemarie van
> University of Amsterdam, on SETAC’s role in the EU GreenDeal. An opening
> reception follows to allow those joining live a few minutes to waive at
> colleagues from across the globe via video.
> SETAC SciCon plenary talks<
> will be live streamed from the auditorium Sunday through Wednesday and also
> recorded for later viewing. Platform and poster sessions will be available
> on-demand starting Sunday until a month after the meeting. Interaction via
> text between presenters and participants will be enabled Monday through
> Thursday via individual chatboxes associated with each presentation.
> Further, live oral discussions for each session, moderated by the session
> chairs, will be organized daily, which will also be tapped for later
> viewing. In addition to viewing presentations on demand and joining live
> session discussions, those interested in particular topics, have the option
> to find colleagues in the topical chatrooms or the general chatroom for
> further discussions.
> The scientific program<https://dublin.setac.org/programme/daily-schedule/>
> for SETAC SciCon is diverse and reflects the broad range of topics that
> SETAC members and researchers are exploiting, as shown visually in the
> Wordcloud in Figure 1. We cannot possibly do it justice while guarding from
> biases based on our own favorite topics in this article. Therefore, we
> invite you to view the sessions by track<
> https://dublin.setac.org/programme/scientific-programme/scope-tracks/> as
> well as the special sessions<
> on the meeting website. Needless to say, all of the SETAC Interest Groups<
> https://www.setac.org/page/JoinInterestGroup> are well represented by
> exciting and cutting-edge sessions. To see individual presentations and
> their abstracts, please consult the scientific program.
> Notably, reflecting the conference theme of Open Science, there are
> several sessions with a strong focus on open data and its (re)use for
> environmental risk assessment, including session 3.02 – Advances in
> Exposure Modelling: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Application,
> session 1.12 – Perspectives on Data Driven Biology: Applications and Safety
> Assessments, and session 6.01 – Increasing the Utility of Non-standard
> Studies in Weight of Evidence Evaluations.
> Overall, we are confident that our packed scientific program has something
> (many things) for everyone and that our virtual experience will be a
> fantastic substitute for our usual face-to-face interactions in these
> unusual times.
> See you at SETAC SciCon where we will raise a virtual pint of Guinness and
> say Sláinte (good health). Till then, stay home and stay safe!
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