Are Virtual Conferences Efficient For Creating Teams?

Motivation

Let’s say you’re a university professor, or a scholar, or even a researcher. You attend conferences several times a year. You gain the insight of what the next big thing is in your field. You then return back to your respective university or research institution, ready, willing and able to implement those new insights into your own research quest.

Prior to the pandemic, people mostly attended research conferences for three reasons:

  1. To present their work and receive feedback. As well as, be known for their research.

  2. To attend presentations, learn about new studies and interesting research being done.

  3. Networking and finding potential research partners and co-authors.

With the ongoing pandemic, these conferences are now being held virtually. Professors, scholars, and researchers are able to present their work and receive feedback along with learning something new in their field. It is nothing new as virtual conferences have been starting to become the norm. Although, there has been an issue with it.

According to an article on Nature written in 2018, the rise of the internet sparked a vision that made face-to-face meetings obsolete but in-person conferences remain standard fare for scientists looking for collaboration. This means that virtual conferences have failed to build the proper connection needed for two people to be working together with the project.

Here are three reasons that explain why:

  • Networking! - There are too many people and not enough time. You can’t find the right partners based on a specific criteria.
  • Past Behavior! There is no way to see past project reviews and ratings for potential partners.
  • Accountability! Partners will not work as hard knowing they cannot be rated or reviewed after working with you.

Because of these three issues, TeamMateMe has created a platform that can enable the rapport needed while virtually networking. You, the professor or the researcher, can seek the right partner for your research project based on the partner’s skills and the ability to collaborate with others. Finding the right partner increases the probability that your research project will be a success. These days, we have a lot more time on our hands, why not use that time to build your collaborative research team online and try more diverse partnerships?

Check out TeamMateMe and start collaborating!