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During the digital EEMA we took a poll to see how participants felt about the future of EEMA conferences. Elly Scheepers, our Program Manager, made a resume of the poll:

How should we meet?
More than 50% of the participants think RYE will only survive if we can physically meet.
33% believes RYE can survive if we continue to meet in a digital way.
64% of the participants would like an old style conference.
35% would like a conference in a new style.

How long should we meet for?
A majority wants a more day conference. The request for a shorter conference is 40%.

If we combine the above I see a demand for a 2-3 day meeting where people can meet each other on location (Maastricht in 2021) together with a digital conference where people can attend online.

How many people would you like to meet?
The question about the amount of people you would like to meet shows 23% participating in large groups (more than 50 people).
Sessions with more than 50 people can be general sessions where we share information, the audience are mere listeners. This could be a broadcast. The majority of the replies ask for smaller meetings. Groupsize 10 to 25 is the most popular. This size is suitable for breakouts in which the group can discuss a certain topic in depth.

Another 20% would like to operate in small groups with less than 10 persons. We need to find out what kind of topics people are looking for.
This leads to another question: What are the subjects you want to discuss?

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Please provide your input as it would be of great help to us. Feel free to reach out to Elly by email: