Conferences could become more affordable, international and inclusive if virtual events become ‘the new normal’.
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Conferences are an essential part of any scientist's life. Learn how to give a great talk, and what the future of conferences might look like. Meet researchers whose careers have been changed by attending the right seminar, and read how conference organisers are making their events more diverse. This Guide is designed for any scientist to make the most out of attending events, either as a delegate or speaker.
Academic administrators are mostly optimistic about the effects of COVID-19 on institutional finances, but others predict tough times.
AuthorAID, LinkedIn and WeChat can help to plug the connections gap when events get cancelled, says Edmond Sanganyado.
Despite the drawbacks, and the temptation to snack during virtual meetings, Roseanna Hare now appreciates the benefits of videoconferencing.
Flying around the world to give a ten-minute presentation to an exhausted audience is a model long overdue for reform, say sustainability researchers Christina Bidmon, Cristyn Meath and René Bohnsack.
Real-time listings help researchers keep track of ballooning numbers of accessible talks.
John Tregoning finds inspiration in conferences, music and running.
COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to rethink the scientific conference. If online meetings become the norm, how can researchers make the most of them?
Palaeontologist Nick Pyenson highlights the importance of scientific evidence to business and policy leaders.
The essential reference guide to scientific events worldwide.
Charting the 1869 conference vibe and the challenges faced by today’s organizers.
Four scientists with disabilities or chronic conditions share their conference conundrums and give advice on improving accessibility.
Molecular biologist Oded Rechavi explains his idea for bringing the Twitter science community together at ‘the Woodstock of Biology’.
Thinking about the needs of all participants is key to a successful event.
Networking is a crucial skill for all scientists. Ruth Gotian offers tips for those who struggle to make it work.
Sofia E. Kjellman grapples with her carbon dioxide output resulting from her work as a scientist.
Academic-conference season is upon us, says Jennifer Tsang. Should I advance my career? Or pay my rent?
Grab your audience’s attention by using slides as a roadmap and focusing on your role as a presenter, recommends Ananya Sen.
It’s tempting to try to attend sessions morning, noon and night, network like crazy during every ‘spare’ minute and drink vats of coffee to stay alert. Paris H. Grey has more realistic suggestions to get maximum value from any conference.
Scientists who travel to meetings are more likely to co-author papers than are those who stay at home.
Researchers are redefining twenty-first-century conferences at which delegates set the agenda.
Expert presenters share advice on how to capture and hold the attention of a conference crowd.
Conference organizers are getting better at accommodating families.
Underprepared meetings that neglect to set up childcare facilities will ultimately damage science, says Eileen Parkes.
A conversation with Dr Jürgen Deka, Head of External Scientific Training at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences (ACSC) not only provides genomics training for low and middle-income countries (LMICs) but also empowers them to build self-sustaining regional networks.
A conversation with Dr Pamela Black, Education Lead, Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, Wellcome Genome Campus.
A conversation with Jürgen Deka, PhD, Head of External Scientific Training, EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training.
A conversation with Dr Treasa Creavin, Science Programme Manager, Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK.