Innovation in a crisis: rethinking conferences and scholarship in a pandemic and climate emergency

Lea Beiermann, Sam Robinson*, Megan Baumhammer, Daniel Belteki, Amy C. Chambers, Kelcey Gibbons, Edward Guimont, Kathryn Heffner, Emma-Louise Hill, Jemma Houghton, Daniella McCahey, Sarah Qidwai, Charlotte Sleigh, Nicola Sugden, James Sumner

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It is a cliché of self-help advice that there are no problems, only opportunities. The rationale and actions of the BSHS in creating its Global Digital History of Science Festival may be a rare genuine confirmation of this mantra. The global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 meant that the society's usual annual conference – like everyone else's – had to be cancelled. Once the society decided to go digital, we had a hundred days to organize and deliver our first online festival. In the hope that this will help, inspire and warn colleagues around the world who are also trying to move online, we here detail the considerations, conversations and thinking behind the organizing team's decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-590
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020



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