The two-day tenure-track conference took place as a hybrid event both offline and online. At the conference venue, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, hygiene rules took the spotlight. Only very few participants were allowed on site, the half-empty rooms took some getting used to, and the required supply of fresh air made some people shiver.
The online room was on the other hand much more crowded. More than 400 participants followed the conference on the Internet. There was lively discussion via chat walls. Questions were read and answered by an “audience moderator” live. Some speakers were also present (only) online. And although technical measures had been taken to ensure that the panelists could see and hear each other both offline and online, it was not so easy to actively involve all participants in discussions. For the online audience, on the other hand, it worked well. Collaborative tools (padlets) that had been set up for the purely online workshops were also used extensively.