The first FORTHEM Speed dating event took place on 15th December 2020. Over 100 participants from all 7 FORTHEM partner universities signed up for a virtual presentation of the possible collaboration between the academics in the field of language studies, literature, linguistics and communication. After a short presentation of the possibilities of collaboration, the participants were free to move from one breakout room to another where they could meet their colleagues and develop ideas for new collaborations. The first part of the event was held in English, but during the second part the part many of the groups decided to foster multilingualism and continue their discussions in different languages of our alliance and beyond. The event itself took place in ZOOM and it turned out to be a very good solution for managing around 30 small groups at the same time.  

The participants we able to find all the information on a dedicated Sway page and they had a possibility to post about their interests in a common document where other participants could identify possible common interests and start new collaboration.  

The event was a huge success, the participants welcomed the concept and the possibility to meet colleagues from different countries.  

The FORTHEM alliance will therefore, in the following months, organise a series of virtual Speed Dating events, each dedicated to a different discipline or set of disciplines.  

Given the specific nature of different events, our organisational team welcomes everyone who wishes to propose or get involved in setting up disciplinary meetings (we need output from academics to best adapt each event to the specificities of their particular discipline) and disseminate the event among their colleagues. Your local FORTHEM office remains at your disposal for any further information.