Economics RSSS will be hostingÂ our first video seminar tomorrowÂ (Tue 29th),Â featuringÂ John Quiggin. It will take place in the Baume Theatre in ANU’s Peter Baume Building, from 1-2pm. Frustratingly, the seminar clashes with a prior engagement of mine (I’m speaking at the Melbourne Institute’s quarterly luncheon in the Hyatt), but you are encouraged to attend if youÂ would like to see (a) Quiggin, and/or (b) your first videoseminar. John’s topic is “Discounting and Intergenerational Equity”.
Like John, I have high hopes for this technology helping to reduce the time cost and environmental impact of academic travel. We’ll never eliminate face-to-face conferences (nor would we want to). But I could easily imagine that in five years’ time, half our seminar presentations might be via videoconference, many of those by overseas presenters.
Update: JQ postsÂ on the experience, and puts up his slides.