Most of us have learned ‘how to conference’ by attending traditional conferences. Does this mean that there is no other possibility for a productive conference format? Already under the umbrella of conference formats are large (think of the Society of Neurosciences or the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms or the European Biological Rhythms Society), medium (think of the Gordon Research Conferences) or Boutique (think of Janelia Farms or perhaps Summer Schools) meetings. Just within these traditional models, there are many ways to accomplish ‚conferencing‘. Each format has its strengths and benefits. With CARE conferences, we will have to learn how to use this new format of sharing knowledge. Some ideas to that end:
This conference is a first of its kind. Given the urgency of climate change, we think that this is one model for the future. We want to understand where CARE conferencing succeeds - and where it does not. Colleagues from Learning Sciences, under the guidance of Prof. Anne Frenzel, will accompany us and perform an evaluation to help us to iteratively improve this model.