Thanks to a Virtually Connecting session, people who cannot attend the conference had an opportunity to meet remotely with presenters and participants.

The purpose of Virtually Connecting is to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present at conferences. We are a community of volunteers and it is always free to participate.

Using emerging technologies, we connect onsite conference presenters and attendees with virtual participants in small groups. This allows virtual conference participants to meet and talk with conference presenters and attendees in what often feels like those great spontaneous hallway conversations, something not usually possible for a virtual experience. There is only room for 10 in each session but we record and, whenever possible, live stream, to allow additional virtual attendees to participate in the discussion by listening and asking questions via Twitter.

About Virtually Connecting

The session took place on Thursday Oct 25, 3.30 PM (UK time, GMT +1), having Catherine Cronin, Mia Zamora, Leo Havemann, Suzan Koseoglu and Samantha Ahern as onsite buddies and Sundi Richard, Alan Levine, Teresa MacKinnon and Christian Friedrich as virtual buddies.

For more details about this initiative, you can read the Virtually Connection Manifesto, available on its website, and the Virtually Connecting page on the conference.

You can watch the recording of the session below: