Air travel to conferences is an important source of emissions by academics. In order to reduce these emissions, a number of conference organizers have adopted various strategies.
Decentralized conferences[edit | edit source]
Conference with several virtually connected regional hubs, rather than a single location.
- Double conference "Higher algebra and mathematical physics" (HAMP 2018), with two locations in Bonn and Waterloo.
- ICMPC15-ESCOM10, a 2018 conference on music psychology, with four locations in Graz, La Plata, Sydney and Montreal.
- Ecology & Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, a 2019 conference at 5 digitally connected sites in the USA and in the UK. The conference website points to a number of assessments of its approach to flightless conferencing, including this blog post.
Partly virtual conferences[edit | edit source]
- The 2019 meeting of the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS), to which four fifth of the attendees connected via virtual hubs, and where psychologists studied the effectiveness of networking.
- The 2020 meeting of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, whose virtual part was increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Virtual conferences[edit | edit source]
- The world in 2050: creating/imagining just climate futures (2016) and A clockwork green: ecomedia and the anthropocene (2018), two virtual conferences which came with a white paper on their organization.
- A 2017 virtual conference on agile practices in government used not only Zoom videoconferencing, but also Slack and Twitter.
- Couchcon, a 2018 marketing conference organized by Wistia.
- Where next for global taxing rights?, a 2019 conference.
- Photonics Online Meetup 2020, an all-online one-day conference, including a virtual poster session on Twitter.
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The 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic forced many conferences to adopt a virtual format. It is speculated that virtual meetings may remain common after the pandemic due to their lower cost, lower environmental impact, and higher convenience for many participants.
Some conferences that switched to a virtual format due to the pandemic:
- ICLR2020, the Eighth International Conference on Learning Representations.
- The April 2020 meeting of the American Physical Society. "The society hired a company to provide the necessary online infrastructure and technological support."
- Neutrino 2020, an online conference with a virtual reality platform.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Multiplying Connections, Cutting Carbon: An experiment in multi-site, digitally linked, flightless conferencing (Joshua King)". Conference Inference. 2019-12-17. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
- Abbott, Alison (2019-12-20). "Low-carbon, virtual science conference tries to recreate social buzz". Nature (Springer Science and Business Media LLC) 577 (7788): 13–13. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03899-1. ISSN 0028-0836.
- "How to shift your conference online in light of the coronavirus (opinion)". insidehighered.com. 2020-03-16. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- "A nearly carbon-neutral conference model". Ken Hiltner. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
- "Lessons learned from hosting a virtual conference". Medium. 2017-07-17. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- "Why and How We Hosted CouchCon, Our Virtual Conference". Wistia. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- "Lessons learned from organising our first virtual conference". Tax Justice Network. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- Viglione, Giuliana (2020-06-02). "How scientific conferences will survive the coronavirus shock". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01521-3. ISSN 0028-0836.
- Castelvecchi, Davide (2020-04-24). "‘Loving the minimal FOMO’: First major physics conference to go virtual sees record attendance". Nature (Springer Science and Business Media LLC). doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01239-2. ISSN 0028-0836.