Virtual Spring/Fall MRS 2020 meeting
The new coronavirus epidemic has caused most conferences to be canceled or postponed. The MRS ( Material Research Society ) usually organizes two researcher meetings a year – in the spring and in the fall. This year, both meetings were held in virtual form via a special platform at the end of November.
At the conference, Prof. Kitanovski gave an invited presentation entitled Thermal control elements for caloric technologies.
Apart from the lack of personal contact, pastries during the coffee breaks and the exchange of business cards, the virtual conference also had some advantages:
– lectures were recorded in advance, viewing was possible on demand,
– content was available online for a longer period of time than the conference itself,
– main events were still live,
– entertainment was provided.
This method allows each attendee to set their own schedule and view multiple presentations, including those from concurrent sections. However, we hope to have as few virtual conferences as possible.