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.

Partly virtual conferences[edit | edit source]

Virtual conferences[edit | edit source]

Coronavirus pandemic[edit | edit source]

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.[8]

Some conferences that switched to a virtual format due to the pandemic:

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. 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.
  3. "How to shift your conference online in light of the coronavirus (opinion)". insidehighered.com. 2020-03-16. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  4. "A nearly carbon-neutral conference model". Ken Hiltner. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  5. "Lessons learned from hosting a virtual conference". Medium. 2017-07-17. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  6. "Why and How We Hosted CouchCon, Our Virtual Conference". Wistia. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  7. "Lessons learned from organising our first virtual conference". Tax Justice Network. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  8. Viglione, Giuliana (2020-06-02). "How scientific conferences will survive the coronavirus shock". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01521-3. ISSN 0028-0836.
  9. 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.

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