There have been discussions at past workshops about the workshop format, usually at the very end of a workshop in the feedback session. Recurring topics included that people find the workshops generally very useful, but see much room for improvement in the format, for example, more focus and on and better organisation of the interactive elements.
As the openmod community continues growing, it may be useful to start a more focused discussion on how to continue running workshops such that they are as useful as possible for the community.
Goal of this met-a-thon:: Discuss current workshop organisation and ideas for changes (if deemed necessary and usefull); summarise discussion in a one-pager to present on day two and circulate
Examples of topics to include:
- Focus on interactivity or focus on talks? (interactive workshop or traditional academic conference?)
- Different schedule?
- How to balance usefulness for newcomers and old hands?
- Should we actively try to reach a wider part of the energy modelling landscape – e.g. beyond Europe?
- Benefits and drawbacks of a small, non-refundable registration fee (see Software and Data Carpentries for lessons learned on why this may be a good idea)