A Virtual Meeting to Beat All Virtual Meetings
We are in the first stages of developing our plan for our society’s annual meeting. We decided earlier in the year that the meeting this summer will be virtual (Auckland is postponed until 2022). Today, we are asking our membership for volunteers to help organize and deliver SMBE’s first (but probably not last) virtual meeting.
This is your opportunity to help shape not only this year’s meeting, but future inclusive, distributed, and carbon-friendly society meetings!
What will the virtual conference look like?
Our 2021 meeting will take advantage of a Hub model, which will allow us to reach and engage our global community. We will have THREE geographically distributed Hubs, one in Australia/Asia, one in Europe/Africa, and one in US/Canada/SouthAmerica. Each Hub will coordinate roughly ⅓ of the Symposia (which will be solicited as normal), which will distribute the timing of the symposia themselves across time zones and encourage as much synchronous participation as possible.
I want to help organize SMBEv2021! What role can I play?
There are lots of ways for you to get involved! You can volunteer to be a Hub Coordinator, a member of a Hub Team, a Symposium Coordinator, or to help during the conference to ensure that symposia, Q&A, and poster sessions run smoothly.
We are now inviting proposals for Hub Coordinators and Hub Teams. (Deadline 15 December 2021)
Hub Coordinators and Hub teams will take on a role similar to the local conference organising committee of in-person meetings, but without the hassle of booking local venues! Hub teams will:
- Collaborate with each other and with liaisons from the SMBE council for decision-making as to online platforms and other logistical aspects (e.g. timing of symposia and plenary talks, planning “social” events) of SMBEv2021
- Collaborate to solicit symposia and distribute these among Hubs
- Deliver ⅓ of the conference, including ensuring that symposia within that Hub run smoothly, that members behave with respect and decency, and that they, along with all symposia organisers within their Hub, are trained appropriately to manage any aberrant behaviours.
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