Digital academic meetings
The benefits of online meetings are manifold – and scientists want virtual meetings to stay after the COVID pandemic, according to Nature. In 2020, many researchers have been able to attend more meetings than ever before because of online portals and were also given more opportunities to present their work. Many loved it. Drawing larger crowds, online conferences are more efficient at the scientific level.
However, many online meetings lack some of the benefits of an in-person conference, such as conversations over dinner and face-to-face networking. Many scholars miss the opportunity to meet people and interact with friends and colleagues. At OxCo, we know that informal interactions can develop into ground-breaking collaborations.
At OxCo, we leverage the latest breakthroughs in behavioural economics and neuro-psychology in order to maximise e-learning, engagement and collaboration amongst scholars. Online meetings and classes offer opportunities which traditional offline events cannot – we take advantage of the digital turn to convene meetings that leave attendees inspired. To favour genuine connection between scholars, students, and partners, our portfolio of social activities includes:
Icebreakers, including conversation facilitation for large groups, as well as networking sessions and small-group activities in dedicated breakout rooms based on shared interest.
Social gatherings including smart games for all ages (anagrams to help participants remember each other’s names, quizzes on the presentations with awards).
Unique transnational wine tasting sessions allowing participants to share a meaningful moment remotely and learn about wine, while getting to know each other in a relaxed setting. This concept can be adapted to different audiences with beer, sushi or tea tasting sessions.
Through our unique blend of conversation facilitation, networking activities, and fun, we enable participants to meet, connect, and share in a positive and productive way.
See a few examples we have trialled with various audiences here and get in touch so that we walk you through the different options available to you.