Photonics from afarRegistration fees, travel costs and visas, and time away from home and the lab, are all factors that can make attending scientific meetings in person difficult. Can online conferences provide a solution?
Rethinking conferencesHow can physicists reap the benefits of conferences while reducing their environmental impact? New formats, such as online and multisite conferences, may be part of the solution.
Virtual conferences get realWith a raised awareness of the vast worldwide travel undertaken by researchers to attend conferences, virtual events provide an attractive solution, and can be organized to incorporate opportunities for social interaction.
The Photonics Online MeetupOn 13 January 2020, more than 1,100 people in 37 countries on six continents participated in a real-time, proof-of-concept experiment—an entirely virtual, and entirely free, scientific conference.