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Ten Simple Rules for Organizing an Unconference

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Budd, A., Dinkel, H., Corpas, M., Fuller, J., Rubinat, L., Devos, D., et al. (2015). Ten Simple Rules for Organizing an Unconference. PLoS Computational Biology, 11(1), 1-8. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003905.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-E166-8
Abstract
An academic conference is a traditional platform for researchers and professionals to network and learn about recent developments and trends in a particular academic field [1–4]. Typically, the organizing committees and sponsors decide the main theme and sub-topics of the conference and select the presenters based on peer-reviewed papers [5]. The selected speakers usually share their research with a large audience by means of presentations and posters. However, the most stimulating discussions generally take place over coffee breaks when attendees can interact with each other and discuss various topics, including their own research interests, in a more informal manner [1, 6, 7], while expanding their own professional networks. An emphasis on facilitating such informal/networking interactions is a central focus of “unconventional conferences”—or “unconferences.”