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DFT summer school a success even in virtual form

In the first week of September 2020, the annual summer school in Dynamic Field Theory took place, this time, in entirely virtual form. All lectures are available as videos on dynamicfieldtheory.org, where you also find the hands-on exercises participants performed. The upside was that we had many more participants than we can normally accomodate when the school takes place at the INI: more then 60 were present for the core lectures on the first three days, and over 30 participated in the specialized case studies and project groups of the second half. The student projects worked out very well, although participants felt regret in not meeting their fellow students and having less peer interaction, even as chat channels and Zoom rooms were available. Next time, we’ll try to do the projects portion at the INI, but open the lectures to all through Zoom. 

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