Broadening Participation in Scientific Conferences during the Era of Social Distancing

Michael R. Fulcher, Marian L. Bolton, Michael D. Millican, Matthew J. Michalska-Smith, Jose Pablo Dundore‐Arias, Jo Handelsman, Jonathan L. Klassen, Kathryn C. Milligan-Myhre, Ashley Shade, Benjamin E. Wolfe, Linda L. Kinkel

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Virtual conferences can offer significant benefits but require considerable planning and creativity to be successful. Here we describe the successes and failures of a hybrid in-person/virtual conference model. The COVID-19 epidemic presents the scientific community with an opportunity to pioneer novel models that effectively engage virtual participants to advance conference goals.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalTrends in Microbiology
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • COVID-19
  • expanding participation
  • meeting organization
  • virtual conference


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  • Educational Technology
  • Scholarly Communication

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