Humane research workshops
I’m thinking about a humane research workshop/conference model, compatible with mid 21st century climate and health emergencies. How about this:
- Two page papers/extended abstracts solicited via public call, and peer reviewed by at least three people each from a diverse panel.
- Chosen papers are presented as pre-recorded 15-20 minute talks.
- These videos are streamed two at a time, in sessions 12 hours apart, and then rewatchable at any time.
- The first of these session has intro and just one talk. The following sessions have one video from previous session and one new one. The reason being that people can watch all the videos by attending half the sessions, and see half the videos as the first premiere.
- Participants attend one session per 24 hours, at the time that best fits their time zone / sleeping pattern. Basically the workshop operates in two ‘phases’, offset by 12 hours, in communication with each other.
- Those at a timezone compatible with both phases are encouraged to join the one which would otherwise have fewer people.
- There could be six talks over four days.
- Discussion is summarised / minuted as text, and shared between the two phases. Part of the final session is for live responses/discussion between authors.
- Authors submit a final, potentially extended version of their paper, to include responses to other talks, published open access.
- Multiple ‘hubs’ are organised (ideally at least one per continent, inspired by ICMPC/ESCOM) where people can watch and discuss the videos together, perhaps building in-person events around the sessions that may or may not be streamed online.
- Bursaries could then made available for a few early career researchers to travel between hubs for cultural exchange, with support for local touring over ~1 month to make the most of the workshop’s emissions budget.