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Mitigating the impact of conference and travel cancellations on researchers’ futures

Weissgerber, Tracey and Bediako, Yaw and de Winde, Charlotte M. and Ebrahimi, Hedyeh and Fernández-Chiappe, Florencia and Ilangovan, Vinodh and Mehta, Devang and Paz Quezada, Carolina and Riley, Julia L. and Saladi, Shyam M. and Sarabipour, Sarvenaz and Tay, Andy (2020) Mitigating the impact of conference and travel cancellations on researchers’ futures. eLife, 9 . Art. No. e57032. ISSN 2050-084X. PMCID PMC7101232.

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The need to protect public health during the current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated conference cancellations on an unprecedented scale. As the scientific community adapts to new working conditions, it is important to recognize that some of our actions may disproportionately affect early-career researchers and scientists from countries with limited research funding. We encourage all conference organizers, funders and institutions who are able to do so to consider how they can mitigate the unintended consequences of conference and travel cancellations and we provide seven recommendations for how this could be achieved. The proposed solutions may also offer long-term benefits for those who normally cannot attend conferences, and thus lead to a more equitable future for generations of researchers.

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Weissgerber, Tracey0000-0002-7490-2600
Bediako, Yaw0000-0001-9786-7564
de Winde, Charlotte M.0000-0002-8318-4612
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Paz Quezada, Carolina0000-0002-0260-5754
Riley, Julia L.0000-0001-7691-6910
Saladi, Shyam M.0000-0001-9701-3059
Sarabipour, Sarvenaz0000-0001-5097-5509
Tay, Andy0000-0003-3652-9515
Additional Information:© 2020, Weissgerber et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. Received: March 18, 2020. Accepted: March 25, 2020. Version of Record published: March 27, 2020 (version 1) Author contributions: Tracey Weissgerber, Conceptualization, Writing - original draft, Writing - review and editing; Yaw Bediako, Charlotte M de Winde, Hedyeh Ebrahimi, Florencia Fernandez-Chiappe, Vinodh Ilangovan, Devang Mehta, Carolina Paz Quezada, Julia L Riley, Shyam M Saladi, Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Andy Tay, Conceptualization, Writing - review and editing. The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
PubMed Central ID:PMC7101232
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Official Citation:Mitigating the impact of conference and travel cancellations on researchers’ futures. eLife 2020;9:e57032; DOI: 10.7554/eLife.57032
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:31 Mar 2020 20:49
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