Following the cancellation of BSDB/GenSoc2020, the meeting organisers have been seeking ways to maintain some elements of the meeting through online interactions. We do not plan to run a full virtual meeting, but we do have plans to enable speakers and poster presenters to give brief informal summaries, tweetorials, gifs or visual abstracts of their work, to share their talks or posters using figshare, or even to upload recordings of their talks if they wish to. These options are open to (and optional for) all presenters but we particularly encourage students and postdocs to participate. Hopefully this will also allow those who were not registered for the meeting this year to benefit too!
We also hope to provide an online version of our always-popular Careers session as well as interviews with some of our medal winners and other speakers. Other highlights will include the big reveal of this years Waddington Medal winner and even an e-conference-party via a curated spotify dancefloor playlist that you will all be invited to contribute to.
We will post guidelines for participation in eBSDB/GenSoc on this post over the coming few days. This will be updated periodically as our plans progress so do keep an eye on this blog post or the BSDB twitter feed https://twitter.com/_BSDB_ (the meeting hashtag is #BSDBGenSoc2020).
The BSDB and GenSoc are hugely grateful to the editors at Development and The Node for initiating these plans, providing expertise and infrastructure, and for their generous offer to put in the considerable amount of work to make this happen. Yet another reason to support your community journal!