I think it's fair to say that in the last year we have all had a rather hasty crash course in video conferencing and online meetings. There have been the classic seance like moments of 'Is any body out there?' or the silent movie version of 'You're on mute'. All very amusing but there's a serious point. We have had to adapt. Not only in research but in primary and community and of course social care.
The two most widely used platforms appear to have been Zoom and MSTeams. Both platforms have adapted and modified/improved to meet the growth in demand. Google has for long time had Hang-outs and various spin offs and of us that use them might find FaceTime or WhatsApp work for us - mostly in a personal way to talks with friends or colleagues.
With this learning curve our real selves have grown more comfortable with our virtual presence - and we have all become more accepting of people as humans with lives - where kids, pets and delivery drivers can interrupt.
Our ARC Wessex colleagues have come up with this to sum-up some of the useful tips and things we have learned.
More on that in a bit, but if you want to see how things go wrong click on the BBC report below