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Friday, June 28 • 08:30 - 10:00
Free Diving Session: Re-envisioning conference formats: brainstorming opportunities for MARE 2021 and beyond.

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In this panel we invite participants to brainstorm about opportunities and constraints of moving beyond mainstream conference formats and traditions. We will at least discuss two themes.

1) Conference 2.0: Incorporating modern priorities of climate change mitigation and inclusivity. Can conferences go online to allow remote attendance which may reduce carbon footprints of academics and promote inclusivity. This would likely change the entire economic dynamic of conferences and may provide an opportunity to make scholarships more widely available. But how could that exactly work?

2) Conference session formats: Academic conferences tend to have a similar format the world over: plenary keynotes are combined with parallel sessions where scholars present their papers in 8-15 minutes, followed usually with a few questions or discussion. We look forward to a discussion on whether this typical conference set-up actually provides optimal creative use of the unique occasion of so many people working in a similar field being together. What do we know about successful alternative conference practices, what other formats could providing meaningful synergies and energy during a conference?

Outcomes of our panel will be provided as input/suggestions to the MARE conference committee 2021.

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Hannah Bassett

PhD Student, University of Washington, Seattle
Dive fisheries, political ecology of small-scale fisheries, impacts of marine climate change on people, Philippines, California
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C. Julián Idrobo

Assistant Professor, Los Andes University

Friday June 28, 2019 08:30 - 10:00 CEST
REC A2.08 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam