Point of View: Mitigating the Impact of Conference and Travel Cancellations on Researchers' Futures
As the scientific community adapts to new working conditions in response to the growing pandemic, early-career researchers recommend actions to help lessen the unintended consequences of canceled conferences.
Seven Steps to Make Travel to Scientific Conferences More Sustainable
Researchers should learn to travel better to mitigate their climate impacts. Institutions can help by facilitating and rewarding sustainable travel behaviour, rather than fuelling the pressure to attend conferences, say Olivier Hamant, Timothy Saunders and Virgile Viasnoff.
Conference talks are a key element in scholarly communication. It is the primary mechanism for sharing research results and getting feedback. However, conferences in most disciplines never reached the same level of maturity as traditional journal publications in terms of quality management, which led to challenges like fraudulent conferences. There is need for a better control mechanism that can deliver credible information about conferences.
The No Women No Panel Campaign initiated by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has been supported and reiterated by several of her colleagues from the European Commission. She committed to ensuring at least one other woman is part of panels she is invited to speak at.
STEMM Equality Congress (SEC) is an annual two day event that looks at ways of addressing equality and diversity in STEMM through policy, practice and collaboration. 2018's Congress will be held in Amsterdam.