Will the Coronavirus paralyze our research and lives or will it unite us as early career researchers by shared thoughts, worries and discussions? Let’s buckle up and get ready to try something new, shall we?
With a heavy heart, we have to realize that we cannot organize ICYMARE 2020 BREMERHAVEN as a real meeting. Big events are cancelled throughout Germany until the end of August. However, the number of participants remains undefined. Even if ICYMARE would be officially allowed by the number of participants, it still would be difficult if not even risky to travel and come together over days in bigger groups and have food and drinks…
We decided to “level up” though. We are already exploring several different options for a real meeting in 2021, but at this stage, we do not know where and when exactly it will take place. In the meantime, we want to keep up the spirit and try out a form of online networking during the days the conference was originally planned: 26 and 27 August 2020. Everybody is welcome to be part of this experiment either as a virtual session host or as a presenter.
The idea is to set-up virtual sessions for 10 participants each. Everyone in that group can present and discuss their research but especially it will be the opportunity to connect via a video conference tool and share your thoughts. You might want to establish a chat group for the time afterwards or find people you connect with on your topic for example. We want to keep the groups of 10 diverse by research topic and location as well as nationality and will distribute the presenters to a session. Moderation of the group the day itself will be up to the session host.