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January 2022

Behind the scenes of a big hybrid conference

Ariane Vartanian of Nature Reviews Materials interviewed Gopal Rao, the Chief Editor for Technical Content at the Materials Research Society, about preparations that went into the combined in-person and virtual format of the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting. "We knew that networking was of paramount importance to the in-person attendees’ experience after nearly 2 years without in-person interactions," Rao said; "We wanted to reserve ample time in the programme for attendees to interact. This split schedule also allowed logistically for better organization of the two meeting components, which translated to a better meeting experience for in-person and virtual meeting attendees."

Gopal Rao Editorial