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Moving conferences online: tips from the organisers of Cosmology from Home

17 Jul 2021, 13:00 UTC
Moving conferences online: tips from the organisers of Cosmology from Home
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Conferences are a hugely important part of the career of academics in all fields, they’re where you go to meet future collaborators and share your ideas and recent papers so people know about the work you’re doing. However, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, academic conferences have had to either be cancelled or transition to being online to continue. Having attended a variety of virtual conferences during the last year, I noticed a huge range of how the success rate of transitioning to an online format. The Cosmology from Home conference, a conference designed to be online from the start and geared towards the global population of cosmologists, has been the most successful online conference I’ve attended.I sat down with some of three of the organisers for the Cosmology from Home 2021 conference—Shaun Hotchkiss, Niko Šarčević, and Benjamin Wallisch—to talk about the sorts of things they considered when designing this online conference. This conference started as a trial workshop, called CosmoConβ, with around 40 attendants, in April of 2020. So while this conference began during the pandemic, the planning and motivation to start it had begun pre-pandemic. Cosmology from Home 2020 took place in August of 2020, and it has since ...

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