Courtesy of the European Space Agency, whose astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti spoke at the event

GLF Bonn 2020 digital conference by the numbers

Nearly 5,000 people from 185 countries over 3 days

In past years, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) has held conferences in cities around the globe, from Jakarta to Paris to Accra, physically going to meet its widespread audiences in situ with its mix of science and inspiration in addressing the climate crisis.

But on 3–5 June 2020, the GLF updated its means of globetrotting by hosting its first fully-online conference, GLF Bonn Digital Conference 2020: Food in the time of crises. While this proved exceptionally timely due to COVID-19, the digital event was already in the process of being planned months before the pandemic hit, in an attempt to be more accessible, inclusive and climate-friendly than any of its events before.

While the number crunching on reduced emissions is still ongoing, here’s how it did on the other goals, with numbers continuing to grow:

  • Nearly 5,000 people joining from 146 countries
  • 300 speakers
  • 60 sessions
  • 130 virtual meetups
  • 25,000 messages sent between participants
  • 77,000 session views in the conference app and on social media (and growing)
  • 9,000 people have been tweeting with the hashtag #GLFBonn2020
  • 25,000 tweets with the same hashtag
  • More than 135,000 engagements on social media
  • 50 million reached on all social media channels
  • Traditional media reach of 135 million



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