Virtual conferences get real

On 13 January 2020, over 1,000 researchers from 37 countries joined the first online conference in physics, the Photonics Online Meetup. With a raised awareness of the vast worldwide travel undertaken by researchers to attend conferences, virtual events provide an attractive solution, and can be organized to incorporate opportunities for social interaction.

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Fig. 1: Photonics Online Meetup hubs (blue dots).

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Pacchioni, G. Virtual conferences get real. Nat Rev Mater 5, 167–168 (2020).

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