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Dortmund Interactive Research Conference 2020
June 26 - June 27
2020 was the first year in which the Dortmund IRC took place online, which made it a fully virtual InterActive Research Conference. Since most universities were closed due to COVID-19, the EuroPIM created a website, to meet professionals, researchers, lecturers and students in a virtual conference space. This year more than 130 persons registered for the conference and 42 papers were submitted and presented. The online platform offered all known activities of the IRC, including the presentation of papers and posters, panel discussions and even social events. Within livestreams the students and researchers presented their papers and discussed with other interested people about their work topic. Later on, the participants could join several breakout rooms, to join talks about current topics and network with others.
The social program included an interactive lunch break, during which professors from different partner universities presented their traditional national dishes and exchanged recipes. After the presentations, some of the participants met online to participate in a virtual game night. A quiz about the partner universities gave new insights about the EuroPIM network, as the boat of the UPV/EHU Bilbao or the study playlists of the KU Leuven Rector.
The feedback for the IRC2020 was very positive. The presenters were surprised by the great online communication and organization and also welcomed the benefits of time and cost saving. Nevertheless, the participants as well as the EuroPIM team are looking forward to reuniting in an offline conference at the FH Dortmund.
Master and PHD students, researchers, lecturers