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., ...More

GIGASCIENCE, vol.10, no.8, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/gigascience/giab051
  • Journal Name: GIGASCIENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: online conferences, diversity, inclusivity, open science, collaborative events


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.