Interpret Europe web conference | 8-11 May 2020 | #iecon20
The programme of the web conference, ‘Fostering heritage communities’ includes more than 80 sessions in different formats.
There are the fixed core activities, familiar to those who have been to previous Interpret Europe conferences, such as keynote speeches and workshops and presentations that are based on reviewed paper abstracts.
Besides this, you will find a broad variety of new activities which have been contributed by attendees after the event was turned into a web conference. These will include short presentations under the themes of ‘Spring walk’, ‘My favourite site’, ‘From my home’ and ‘Old skills’, as well as podcasts.
Activities that will emerge during the conference depend on your interaction with others, such as thematic round tables, coffee tables, whiteboard and conference barometer.
Finally, don’t miss the fun offering of the entertainment in between sessions and especially during the evenings.
Regular one-time sessions
We shall introduce you to the conference theme, the components of the programme and the technical secrets of the web conference. Make sure you arrive in time.
We know some of you cannot wait to find out where the IE conference 2021 will take place. All we can reveal before this session is: it will not take place on the internet…
Nobody will have had the opportunity to attend all sessions, but an experienced interpreter will seek to highlight the key features and to catch the spirit of the whole event.
Regular repeated sessions
Four renowned speakers will open each of the four days of the conference and ensure they contribute to our theme, ‘Fostering heritage communities’, from different perspectives.
IE conferences are based upon contributions from attendees whose paper abstracts have been reviewed and accepted. We hope you are looking forward to their presentations.
In workshops, groups of attendees will discuss issues and come up with their own results. We shall use several tools to enable you to present, split up, discuss and reunite.
If you would like to follow the conference but feel you also need to do some critical homework or cook your meals, then you can listen to one of our podcasts.
We shall assemble renowned speakers from different parts of the world on your screen. The three panel discussions on the Faro Convention, on participation and on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the community are the right place for engaging in debate.
Watch others arguing and if you like, jump in! The fishbowl is the place for doing so. There will be three chairs for panellists and if you want to get active, you could take one of them.
In the glass case
Did you ever wonder what IE teams discuss in their meetings? The glass case is a transparent team meeting. Come, watch and listen. Nobody will notice.
If you feel the need for a spontaneous ten-minute talk, then speakers’ corner offers you a 15-minute time slot for this. Book one during the conference and fill it with what comes to your mind.
Spring is here! If you take a nature walk in your surroundings, what do you discover? Several attendees did this. They took pictures, added strong themes and some background tunes, and will share some inspiring five-minute presentations with you all.
My favourite site
Is there a heritage site close to your home? Some attendees visited one where a partner recorded them giving an interpretive talk.
From my home
These days, some of us are spending a lot of time at home – time to enter the attic and re-discover objects that have some meaning for yourself. This was what some attendees did and took a few minutes to introduce their objects to us. See what meanings they discovered.
What skills did you learn from your grandparents? Attendees found that a workshop would be a good place to demonstrate how they turned natural goods into something enjoyable – even on the kitchen stove.
Attendees will be asked to bring out the best of their creativity with this witty, funny activity! All participants will have to collect a number of miscellaneous objects: common, outlandish or humorous ones, whilst facing some challenges.
Late-night live concert
Many of us play music but hardly anybody knows. We ask all to share something with us – a poem, a song or a melody – to put the cherry on top of the day. The stage will be yours!
Food for thought dinner
Take part in this virtual sphere to share your ‘food for thought’ while having a nice chat with presenters and other attendees. This unifying occasion will be our preferred way of networking by sharing the same tables in the evening.
Thematic table round
When registering, you are asked for subjects that are critical to you. During the conference, we shall invite you to an exchange with others who also chose those subjects. However, you will be free to visit other subject groups.
During a session, you realise there is someone among the participants whom you may not have seen for a long time. Contact that person and reserve your own coffee table to talk about new challenges and the good old days.
Are you searching for a project partner? Or offering an internship? Inviting someone for a table round? On the whiteboard you can place any message you would like to be seen by others.
How was your day? What did you like most and what do you feel should be improved? Have a look at the feedback provided by you and your colleagues – and at the reaction of the conference team.
Communicating outside the venue
How is the conference mirrored on the Facebook pages of those who are involved or who is watching us with interest? Have a look at the Facebook feed on our platform.
Use the hashtag #iecon20 and check it out on Twitter after the programme ends to see what conference attendees wrote, and how others from the heritage interpretation community around the world commented.
Shortly before the conference starts, we will open the lobby in our check-in area and all who registered will have access to the features mentioned above.