Year : 2022 | Volume
: 26 | Issue : 4 | Page : 306-
Reconnect or disconnect – Truth is stranger than fiction
Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India
Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027
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Whilst organizers rejoiced at the prospects of physical meetings happening after a gap of more than two years, for varied reasons such as face to face live interactions, skill upgrades through hands on-platforms, large attentive groups in participatory learning mode, right occasion to strengthen network and professional connections, enjoying social camaraderie and having some good time, the truth and reality could not have been farther than this invented state of Utopia.
Although such physical meetings come at an enormous cost in terms of money, a huge investment in terms of time, manpower and resources both at the delegate and faculty level; notwithstanding the risks of COVID-19 transmission and the perceived noble notions of the organizers to serve pure science to the delegates along with choicest food and beverages yet as the say real life can be more remarkable than imaginary tales.
The hordes seen during meal times and banquets somehow dissipate into thin air the moment one visits the larger auditoriums reserved for senior speakers, even small antechambers remain deserted barring a few strollers mostly visiting to address some personal queries and usually in a tearing hurry to somehow present their respective scientific presentations and be done with it. For them it makes sense to spend more time in some salubrious and sylvan environs other than the meeting venue.
Prima facie nothing has changed in the last two years and the arguments extended by the flag bearers in favor of physical meetings being one better than virtual ones for all the reasons mentioned earlier fall absolutely flat except the last one - of a promised good time.
What then is the remedy? While there will be a space for physical meetings; shifting towards a middle path of hybrid mode is certainly a plausible solution considering affordability, inclusivity, saving the environment and turning truly international for the organizers and greater accessibility, budget friendliness and ease to keep other commitments side by side for the delegates. Even sponsors and exhibitors can choose between physical and online components.
Seeing the “disconnect” purely on site meetings may become a piece of history sooner than later. What is direly required is a new breed of organizers in sync with the changing dynamics of a post- COVID world. Whoever said adversity brings only despondence must be lying for it also brings opportunities for those who are ready to pick the gauntlet. Let us offer our scientific community a “reconnect” not by age old and jaded physical meetings but by a fresh “hybrid” experience.