Today, the NordMedia2021 planning committee has made the decision to go for a virtual conference. The NordMedia Conference will thus be organized in an online form instead of being an onsite conference.
With the uncertainties regarding the vaccination programs, travel restrictions, and possibilities for planning, the planning committee today made a decision that the upcoming conference, scheduled for 18–20 August in Reykjavik, will be virtual.
– In the current situation, there are many uncertainties regarding the vaccination, and it is thus very difficult to predict how many people could attend in August. We would like to minimize the risk of a large number of people not being able to come, says Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir, chair of the planning committee.
Previously, the planning committee made the decision of not going hybrid, which would increase the amount of work and put participants in an unequal position.
For the preconference, the decision means good news, as the event can now host a higher number of people. All 30 people who were previously put onto the waiting list will thus receive an invitation to the preconference, which will now be larger in scale than ever before.
The planning committee is also looking forward to developing and making use of various forms of virtual participation and engagement to make the virtual conference a nice Nordic experience for all.
– Even though it is sad that we’re not going to meet in Reykjavik, I am sure that NordMedia2021 will be a great conference. We have so many exciting papers to be presented and interesting discussions to look forward to, says Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir.