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ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences


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An ACM report outlines best practices for taking a conference virtual.

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A new report from ACM outlines best practices for replacing live science and technology conferences with virtual ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report is a practical guide covering a wide range of topics that conference organizers contend with, including required technology, high-level planning, accessibility, nurturing social interaction, navigation, and finances.

The guide was created by a task force that included ACM members with experience organizing online conferences and conducting virtual planning sessions.

The task force will periodically update and revise the report, and organizers are encouraged to share their own experiences, or make comments or queries.

ACM president Cherri M. Pancake said, "Our hope is that the report will also encourage conference organizers to think about reducing their reliance on face-to-face meetings in the future."

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