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Meeting for Peer Review at a Resort That's Virtually Free

Science  07 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6013, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6013.27

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Summary

Can the hard work of grant review be done without face-to-face meetings? With budgets tightening, scientific organizations like the National Science Foundation are exploring ways to reduce the number of their physical meetings by holding virtual-reality meetings in the online world of Second Life. Proponents see it as a win-win scenario, saving not only time and money but also carbon emissions. Whether the technology is up to the task is another matter.