Area of application
Virtual conferences became popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to replace already planned events and avoid their cancellation. Similarly to in-person conferences, the aim is to bring together a big group of experts and people interested in the same topic, and to enable exchange on several levels.
The target group is large, sometimes reaching hundreds of participants from all over the world.
In virtual conferences, there is a large variation in the extent of interaction depending on the type of format. Similarly to an in-person conference, the program of a virtual conference consists of several events. It usually starts with an opening event in plenary, for example, featuring a keynote speaker. The program might continue with several sessions, taking place in parallel, with different moderators or lecturers, but further plenary sessions with all participants might also be planned.
The moderation of the different events follows the design of other formats introduced in this navigator. For example, plenary sessions could be planned and moderated like an online seminar or an online lecture, both of which address a potentially large audience. On the other hand, the design of smaller sessions might resemble formats like classroom trainings, or workshops.