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A year of virtual science conferences: how are you managing?

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Many scientists have attended research conferences virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit: Trout55/Getty

Nearly a year ago, organizers cancelled one of the world’s biggest scientific conferences, the March Meeting of the American Physical Society, only a day before it was set to begin in Denver, Colorado. They made the last-minute decision on 29 February 2020 owing to “rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”. Other large scientific conferences quickly followed suit, causing hundreds of meetings around the world to switch abruptly to online platforms — a trend that carries on today.

Nature wants to hear from scientists about the benefits and drawbacks of a year of virtual conferences. Have your collaborations suffered, or have you been able to attend meetings you might not have otherwise? Your answers might be featured in future news stories.

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