The AmeriFlux Annual Meeting this year was a hybrid event for the first time, after two years of completely virtual meetings. 74 attendees joined the meeting in-person at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston, MI. Another 110 attendees joined via zoom. Roughly half of the attendees were early career researchers.
We learned a lot in the first year of running a hybrid event. Thanks to the help of local UMBS station staff, we were able to hold all plenary sessions outdoors, in the station’s teaching tent. Integrating the A/V system with a zoom meeting was non-trivial, and the sound quality was far from perfect on day 1, for both remote and in-person attendees. By day 2, we made some improvements. All oral presentations and breakout sessions were available to remote attendees, as well as the FLUXNET ECN Career Panel discussion and AmeriFlux Town Hall. Separate in-person and virtual poster sessions were held in parallel. An after dinner walk of the nearby pre-settlement sites and the conference dinner were
The meeting themes were
- 25 years of AmeriFlux – past, present and future
- emerging topics in coastal and urban research
- Remote sensing