When scientific conferences went online, diversity and inclusion soared

New data show that female attendance at virtual science and engineering meetings grew by as much as 253%, and gender queer scientist attendance jumped 700%.

Online conferences are attended by move diverse audiences than in-person events.

The transformation of in-person science and engineering conferences to virtual events due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has not just reduced their associated carbon footprints, it also significantly improved diversity and inclusion at such meetings, according to a new study led by the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University.

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