Articles | Volume 4, issue 3
Geosci. Commun., 4, 437–451, 2021
Geosci. Commun., 4, 437–451, 2021

Research article 30 Sep 2021

Research article | 30 Sep 2021

The future of conferences: lessons from Europe's largest online geoscience conference

Hazel Gibson et al.

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In the spring of 2020, in response to the escalating global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) moved its annual General Assembly online in a matter of weeks. This paper explores the feedback provided by participants who attended this experimental conference and identifies four key themes that emerged from analysis of the survey (connection, engagement, environment, and accessibility). The responses raise important questions about the format of future conferences.
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