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Virtual conferences becoming a reality

Nature Chemistry volume 2, pages 148152 (2010) | Download Citation

Traditional scientific conferences can be costly and time-consuming, and certainly aren't 'green', with participants travelling long distances to attend. Are there advantages to meetings held in the virtual world, and can they really offer equally satisfying — or even better — experiences compared with the real world?

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We are grateful to Kevin Chapman, Anil Tarachandani and Mike Bevil for valuable discussions and assistance. We are also grateful to the Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) New Technologies Review & Licensing Committee (NTRLC) for providing financial support for this project, and to all the presenters and attendees of the Spring 2009 Merck Technology Poster Session.

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  1. Christopher J. Welch, Sanjoy Ray, Jaime Melendez, Thomas Fare, Martin Leach are at the Merck Research Laboratories, Merck, RY 801 A100, Rahway, New Jersey 07065, USA.

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