Broadening Participation in Scientific Conferences during the Era of Social Distancing

Trends Microbiol. 2020 Dec;28(12):949-952. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2020.08.004. Epub 2020 Sep 22.


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.

Keywords: COVID-19; expanding participation; meeting organization; virtual conference.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Internet
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Social Media
  • Videoconferencing / statistics & numerical data*