Date(s) - 09/29/2020
10:00 am - 11:15 am

Please join us for a guest seminar by Erin Robinson, Executive Director of Earth Science Information Partners, titled “Connection Experiments: The Earth Science Information Partners’ Summer Meeting experience building connections in a virtual space.”

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, September 29th from 10:00 – 11:15 AM PDT. RSVP here to receive the Qiqochat link.

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Erin Robinson, exiting Executive Director for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), will share her experience taking ESIP’s annual summer meeting to a 2-week virtual meeting where over 500 participants engaged, interacted, and co-shaped pathways forward for the network’s 30 communities of practice. For the last 20 years, the ESIP community has held two annual meetings. The value in these for the participants is in having dedicated time to work together in person to keep the community collaboration projects going, create accountability, and leverage collective expertise, often through serendipitous encounters.

This year the ESIP Board made a strategic decision to make these two meetings remote, but also wanted to create something different than webinar-like conferences. Instead what the ESIP staff created was a highly interactive meeting where participants could network, advance projects, and support funding opportunities for early career members. In this information session, Erin will share ESIP’s connection experiments, show how the technology (Qiqochat and Zoom) helped and hindered engagement, how session training, design, and facilitation support for conveeners helped make this summer meeting a success.  Erin will also talk about their formal evaluation process, the results, and where there is room for improvement and more experimentation.

This meeting will be held on Qiqochat, the same platform used for the summer meeting, giving participants a better sense of how engagement at this scale unfolded. 

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Click here to view this lecture on YouTube.

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