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Online conferences – Towards a new (virtual) reality

Roos, G; Olah, J; Ingle, R; Kobayashi, R; Feldt, M; (2020) Online conferences – Towards a new (virtual) reality. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry , 1189 , Article 112975. 10.1016/j.comptc.2020.112975. Green open access

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Abstract

The recent article: Nature 579, 327–328 (2020), ending with the phrase: “You can’t just suddenly make a conference be online.”, has motivated us to write about the practicalities and philosophy of running online events, drawing on our extensive experience running an annual online computational chemistry conference. Our goals for this online conference series have always been: (1) Availability; (2) Community building and (3) Supporting young scientists. In this article, we highlight the motivations behind our initiative, how this has influenced the organisation of our online meeting, and discuss the benefits as well as the drawbacks of virtual meetings. Virtual conferences may not fully replace in-person meetings, but they are rapidly becoming an accepted alternative format. We discuss the hybrid online/in-person conference format as a future possibility that may offer an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact and accessibility barriers associate with in-person meetings without comprising networking and community-building opportunities.

Type: Article
Title: Online conferences – Towards a new (virtual) reality
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.comptc.2020.112975
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comptc.2020.112975
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Virtual conference, Virtual Winter School on Computational Chemistry, hybrid online/in-person conference
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123806
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