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  Centering inclusivity in the design of online conferences: An OHBM-Open Science perspective

Levitis, E., van Praag, C. D. G., Gau, R., Heunis, S., DuPre, E., Kiar, G., et al. (2021). Centering inclusivity in the design of online conferences: An OHBM-Open Science perspective. GigaScience, 10(8): giab051. doi:10.1093/gigascience/giab051.

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Levitis, Elizabeth, Author
van Praag, Cassandra D. Gould, Author
Gau, Rémi, Author
Heunis, Stephan, Author
DuPre, Elizabeth, Author
Kiar, Gregory, Author
Bottenhorn, Katherine L., Author
Glatard, Tristan, Author
Nikolaidis, Aki, Author
Whitaker, Kirstie Jane, Author
Mancini, Matteo, Author
Niso, Guiomar, Author
Afyouni, Soroosh, Author
Alonso-Ortiz, Eva, Author
Appelhoff, Stefan, Author
Arnatkeviciute, Aurina, Author
Atay, Selim Melvin, Author
Auer, Tibor, Author
Baracchini, Giulia, Author
Bayer, Johanna M. M., Author
Beauvais, Michael J. S., AuthorBijsterbosch, Janine D., AuthorBilgin, Isil P., AuthorBollmann, Saskia, AuthorBollmann, Steffen, AuthorBotvinik-Nezer, Rotem, AuthorBright, Molly G., AuthorCalhoun, Vince D., AuthorChen, Xiao, AuthorChopra, Sidhant, AuthorChuan-Peng, Hu, AuthorClose, Thomas G., AuthorCookson, Savannah L., AuthorCraddock, R. Cameron, AuthorDe La Vega, Alejandro, AuthorDe Leener, Benjamin, AuthorDemeter, Damion V., AuthorDi Maio, Paola, AuthorDickie, Erin W., AuthorEickhoff, Simon B., AuthorEsteban, Oscar, AuthorFinc, Karolina, AuthorFrigo, Matteo, AuthorGanesan, Saampras, AuthorGanz, Melanie, AuthorGarner, Kelly G., AuthorGarza-Villarreal, Eduardo A., AuthorGonzalez-Escamilla, Gabriel, AuthorGoswami, Rohit, AuthorGriffiths, John D., AuthorGrootswagers, Tijl, AuthorGuay, Samuel, AuthorGuest, Olivia, AuthorHandwerker, Daniel A., AuthorHerholz, Peer, AuthorHeuer, Katja1, Author           Huijser, Dorien C., AuthorIacovella, Vittorio, AuthorJoseph, Michael J. E., AuthorKarakuzu, Agah, AuthorKeator, David B., AuthorKobeleva, Xenia, AuthorKumar, Manoj, AuthorLaird, Angela R., AuthorLarson-Prior, Linda J., AuthorLautarescu, Alexandra, AuthorLazari, Alberto, AuthorLegarreta, Jon Haitz, AuthorLi, Xue-Ying, AuthorLv, Jinglei, AuthorMansour L., Sina, AuthorMeunier, David, AuthorMoraczewski, Dustin, AuthorNandi, Tulika, AuthorNastase, Samuel A., AuthorNau, Matthias2, Author           Noble, Stephanie, AuthorNorgaard, Martin, AuthorObungoloch, Johnes, AuthorOostenveld, Robert, AuthorOrchard, Edwina R., AuthorPinho, Ana Luísa, AuthorPoldrack, Russell A., AuthorQiu, Anqi, AuthorRaamana, Pradeep Reddy, AuthorRokem, Ariel, AuthorRutherford, Saige, AuthorSharan, Malvika, AuthorShaw, Thomas B., AuthorSyeda, Warda T., AuthorTesterman, Meghan M., AuthorToro, Roberto, AuthorValk, Sofie L.3, Author           Van Den Bossche, Sofie, AuthorVaroquaux, Gaël, AuthorVáša, František, AuthorVeldsman, Michele, AuthorVohryzek, Jakub, AuthorWagner, Adina S., AuthorWalsh, Reubs J., AuthorWhite, Tonya, AuthorWong, Fu-Te, AuthorXie, Xihe, AuthorYan, Chao-Gan, AuthorYang, Yu-Fang, AuthorYee, Yohan, AuthorZanitti, Gaston E., AuthorVan Gulick, Ana E., AuthorDuff, Eugene, AuthorMaumet, Camille, Author more..
1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Department Psychology (Doeller), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_2591710              
3Otto Hahn Group Cognitive Neurogenetics, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_3222264              


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 Abstract: As the global health crisis unfolded, many academic conferences moved online in 2020. This move has been hailed as a positive step towards inclusivity in its attenuation of economic, physical, and legal barriers and effectively enabled many individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented to join and participate. A number of studies have outlined how moving online made it possible to gather a more global community and has increased opportunities for individuals with various constraints, e.g., caregiving responsibilities.

Yet, the mere existence of online conferences is no guarantee that everyone can attend and participate meaningfully. In fact, many elements of an online conference are still significant barriers to truly diverse participation: the tools used can be inaccessible for some individuals; the scheduling choices can favour some geographical locations; the set-up of the conference can provide more visibility to well-established researchers and reduce opportunities for early-career researchers. While acknowledging the benefits of an online setting, especially for individuals who have traditionally been underrepresented or excluded, we recognize that fostering social justice requires inclusivity to actively be centered in every aspect of online conference design.

Here, we draw from the literature and from our own experiences to identify practices that purposefully encourage a diverse community to attend, participate in, and lead online conferences. Reflecting on how to design more inclusive online events is especially important as multiple scientific organizations have announced that they will continue offering an online version of their event when in-person conferences can resume.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-08-20
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/giab051
PMID: 34414422
PMC: PMC8377301
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Title: GigaScience
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: London : BioMed Central
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 10 (8) Sequence Number: giab051 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2047-217X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2047-217X