Why Virtual Conferences Are Here to Stay
As Duke community members gain experience with virtual conferences, learn why they feel they’re here to stay
Without requiring people to travel–and thus spend money–to gather at one site, virtual conferences have long been seen as more affordable, greener alternatives to in-person events. But they weren’t especially popular without the face-to-face contact and the networking and camaraderie.
But with COVID-19, many professional conferences have moved to virtual formats, and both participants and organizers are getting first-hand experience with the benefits of digital events. Once the pandemic ends, digital events and conferences will likely endure.