Social BRIDGES: Social distancing and touch

In the upcoming socialBRIDGES e-conference on June 29, 2021, we are pleased to offer an interdisciplinary one-day event on touch in the era of COVID, consisting of talks and a virtual poster room. There will also be a virtual space for participants to socially interact during coffee breaks, as we would do during real events.

The event will focus on two key themes.


Changes in social touch during COVID

Title: What has been the effect of social distancing on how we interact?

We will explore, via a number of large, online studies, the effects that the COVID health crisis and the following social distancing have had on our well-being and behavior.


Bodily changes in and touch interactions during COVID

Title:  How have our interactions changed during COVID?

Advice tells us to avoid touching any object or surface in public and to wash and/or sanitize our hands afterwards, which has impacts on how we interact with the world and with others. We will explore how this has changed us, impacted our lives, and how it makes us feel.


We welcome one and all to submit abstracts for talks or our virtual poster wall. Videos of both talks and posters will be made available after the conference.

The event activities will be live streamed on the day via YouTube. Depending on participant consent, videos of talks and posters will be made available after the conference on our Social BRIDGES YouTube channel.

The online event is hosted by the Universität der Bundeswehr München and supported by IASAT.

To get a taste of our previous Social BRIDGES events, click here


Stay tuned for more information and programme updates!


Our communication rules

BRIDGES is committed to facilitating the exchange between established and early career researchers. Additionally, to counter a propensity to propagate at lightning speed the news we want to hear, we believe in clear, precise and accessible scientific communication to ensure that the results of our community’s output are communicated so as best to serve our public funders. To that end, a highlight of our e-conferences will be a competition, sponsored by Gorilla.

About SocialBRIDGES

SocialBRIDGES is a series of e-Conferences hosted by Universität der Bundeswehr München.

Social BRIDGES 4 "Social distancing and touch" is actively supported by the following individuals:

Organising committee

Prof. Merle Fairhurst, Universität der Bundeswehr München
Prof. Rochelle Ackerley, Aix Marseille Université
Dr. Olga Lantukhova, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Supported by following institutions: