So, what are you doing for socially distanced lab meetings? The same stuff you always do? Or other stuff?
I have a small lab at the moment, just two grad students working on unrelated projects, plus a summer undergrad who just started. So far, most of our socially distanced lab meetings have been about checking in with one another and socializing. Which we did fairly often even when we were meeting in person. I think students gain a lot of “tacit knowledge” about how to do good science, and be good professional scientists, just by hanging out with their lab group. And during a pandemic, it seems especially important to just see some people you know, even if it’s only on Zoom.* But lately I’ve been thinking about other things we could do as well.
One thing we could do is invite in external speakers. It’s much easier and cheaper for external speaker to chat with your lab group for an hour via Zoom than it is for them to fly to your university for an in-person visit. I’m joining somebody else’s lab group via Zoom for a meeting next week, and I definitely want to start hosting some external remote visitors as well.
Looking forward to hearing what you’re doing for lab meetings these days.
*The nature of our socializing has changed a bit. For instance, early in the winter term, our lab organized an in-person science board games night for ourselves and any other labs who wanted to join us. We’re exploring ways to do that again online. Depending on the game we want to play, Board Game Arena might be one option. And here’s a free site that helps you play Scattergories online.