The conference venue on Gather.Town

The conference venue on Gather.Town

We introduce... the virtual MPI for Neurobiornithochemistry:

As registered participant, you should have received an email with the explanation of how to enter the MPI for Neurobiornithochemistry in Gather.Town. If you are registered and did not receive an email, please write us to .

Short intro to use Gather.Town (TL;DR version):

  • Move around using the arrows or the W-A-S-D keys on your keyboard
  • Press "X" to interact with things or to enter Zoom

See below for more details and trouble shooting for moving around in Gather.Town.

Map of the conference Venue: The MPI for Neurobiornithochemistry in Gather.Town:

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To enlarge: Right-click on the map and select "Open image in new tab"

Gather.Town: Getting started

The first page you see when you enter Gather.Town. Choose your name and clothing
  • Gather.Town runs in your web browser. We recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Safari may not run as smoothly as the others.
  • Give your browser access to your camera and microphone. Click on the little camera symbol in the address bar to change settings. By default, Gather.Town broadcasts you only if the tab with Gather.Town is open.
  • Enter the password (see your emails) and choose your name and avatar. We recommend choosing the name according the following format: Firstname Lastname (Institute abbreviation City)
Watch out for the camera in your browser's address bar and click on it to check settings
After clicking on "Next", choose your video and audio devices. Moritz is showing you where you can switch on/off your camera and microphone

Gather.Town: Walking around

  • Use the arrows on your keyboard to walk around, or, like a real gaming pro, the W-A-S-D keys
  • Open the mini map at the bottom to see where you are
  • Use the X key to interact with things (read the black board, view the posters, enter Zoom lecture,...)
  • Use the G key to fly like a ghost through other people blocking you
  • Use the Z key to dance
When you entered Gather.Town, say first hello to Jakob at the help desk! To chat with Jakob, walk on the yellow carpet in front of the desk.

Gather.Town: Talking to people

Chat with people standing close to you. If you click on the arrows in the upper right, you can make their videos bigger:
  • Switch on your camera and microphone to talk to people you are passing by: Camera und microphone symbols appear when you hover over the tile displaying you in the lower right
  • Enter a private space (mostly marked by carpets) to talk with a little group or a single person
  • Find people in the Institute by clicking on their name on the partipant list + "locate on map" , and follow the path
  • You can chat with only people nearby or everyone (everybody will see your chat messages)
Et voilà! But don't miss the lecture (press X to jump to Zoom)!

Gather.Town: Switching to Zoom

After the lecture session on Zoom has ended (or you left for having a break), just click on Re-enter to get back to Gather.Town

In the lecture hall and discussion rooms, you can enter the Zoom sessions to pressing 'X'. Then you are offered to click on a link bringing you to a Zoom session. When entering Zoom, you are muted and your camera is automatically switched off in Gather.Town (you become a ghost there). If you leave Zoom, you are offered to re-enter Gather.Town in the browser tab where you left Gather-Town:

Gather.Town: Troubleshooting

  • Just reloading the page will often help when stuck
  • If your PC is close to burn or everything is very slow, disable "Smooth Movement" in the Settings. This will significantly reduce your CPU load.
  • Microphone or video does not work: Check if you gave your browser access (see "Getting Started"). Check if you selected the correct device (e.g., if you have several cameras). Check whether another application (e.g. Zoom) is accessing them (causes problems on some systems).
  • We have had some problems launching Kahoot(stuck in white screen). Changing the browser could solve the problem on every system.
  • Get more help here:

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