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Using video to avoid a virus

What to do when your thesis defence risks being cancelled since the opponent can’t leave South Korea because of the spread of coronavirus? Easy – fix up a video link. Which, by the way, saves time, money and carbon emissions.

Bild: Disputation med opponent på länkSo how was it?

“The transmissions I usually do have many people watching at the same time, but here we had an exclusive livestream for a single, but vital, participant. And it was also important that Professor Kim could see and be heard without delay. Everything worked amazingly well and the thesis defence could be carried out according to plan”, says Per Wistbo Nibell from LiU’s Communications and Marketing Division, who had to respond to the call for a video link.

This was a unique emergency situation which needed an extraordinary solution. The Research Programmes Board approved it in this case, due to the spread of coronavirus.

“We had a backup plan in which a member of the examining committee was prepared to step in as opponent, if anything went wrong with the equipment. The examining committee always has a reserve member, but not a reserve opponent”, says the candidate’s supervisor, Magnus Jonsson.

So if there’s one good thing to say about the coronavirus, it’s that in this case it contributed to saving time, money, and carbon emissions, taking LiU one small step closer to its environmental objective of reducing air travel by 15% this year.

The thesis defence was successful, and the candidate passed. Mina Shiran Chaharsoughi defended her thesis in applied physics at the Department of Science and Technology: “Hybrid Plasmonics for Energy Harvesting and Sensing of Radiation and Heat”. The opponent who participated over the video link was Professor Eunkyoung Kim, from Yonsei University, South Korea.


Translated by George Farrants


Elisabet Wahrby 2020-02-28

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Last updated: 2020-03-03