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Virtual conferences

Planning to attend a virtual conference but not sure what to expect? In this clip, PhD researchers Clare McLoughlin-Davis and Kathryn Adams talk about how they made the 2021 Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History (AMPAH) conference fun and interactive! Ways to make virtual conferences accessibleinclusive, and manageable for attendees are also discussed. 

You can also download a transcript of this recording.

  • Prepare your environment to limit interruptions
  • Pace yourself and take breaks
  • Don’t feel obliged to attend everything
  • Familiarise yourself with the online platform in advance
  • Log in 15 minutes early
  • Take advantage of available networking opportunities
  • Email certain speakers in advance to introduce yourself, making it easier to have a conversation on the day
  • Speed networking using Zoom breakout rooms
  • Team games during evening reception
  • Creating a word cloud via Menti
  • Avoiding full days to limit screen fatigue
  • Seek funding for tech support
  • Allowing Zoom names to be changed to add pronouns
  • Live captions
  • Childcare provisions
  • Send presentations in advance for people to watch in their own time – live sessions dedicated to panel discussion/Q&A

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