Science during lockdown - from virtual seminars to sustainable online communities.
journal contributionposted on 21.10.2020, 13:46 authored by Francesca Bottanelli, Bruno Cadot, Felix Campelo, Scott Curran, Patricia M Davidson, Gautam Dey, Ishier Raote, Anne Straube, Matthew P Swaffer
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional modes of scientific communication. In-person conferences and seminars have been cancelled and most scientists around the world have been confined to their homes. Although challenging, this situation has presented an opportunity to adopt new ways to communicate science and build scientific relationships within a digital environment, thereby reducing the environmental impact and increasing the inclusivity of scientific events. As a group of researchers who have recently created online seminar series for our respective research communities, we have come together to share our experiences and insights. Only a few weeks into this process, and often learning 'on the job', we have collectively encountered different problems and solutions. Here, we share our advice on formats and tools, security concerns, spreading the word to your community and creating a diverse, inclusive and collegial space online. We hope our experience will help others launch their own online initiatives, helping to shape the future of scientific communication as we move past the current crisis.