Corona Inspires: Brepols Embraces “Webinars” and is Ready for the Online ReIReS Training

As soon as it became clear that the pandemic would not go away immediately, the academic publisher Brepols built its own mobile recording studio. It started with one camera, a PC and a microphone for a small-scale webinar. But within a few weeks this grew into an arsenal of digital material and rapidly growing know-how.


The legal department Story in Ghent is the largest user. They now organize their training courses for lawyers entirely digitally. Also a book presentation was broadcasted “live” from the offices in the Turnhout Beguinage.

ReIReS DH Course

All this experience will now enable Brepols to offer the ReIReS Digital Humanities Course, which was planned on site in Turnhout, entirely digitally on 10 and 11 December. For this, lessons were recorded in advance, while a number of speakers will be present for questions and answers.

For the practical training, an online platform has even been programmed that allows participants to practice, with the trainer from Turnhout monitoring and immediately commenting on their performance.


In this way, the course can continue and numerous trips are avoided. So far, this training has been the masterpiece of their digital experience, but at Brepols, they are convinced that this way of working will be a lasting one.

Story legal webinars, online book launches and hybrid courses: it won’t disappear. The pandemic will.

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