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Scientists discover upsides of virtual meetings

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Science  01 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6490, pp. 457-458
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6490.457

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  • RE: Scientists discover upsides of virtual meetings, Michael Price

    The authors have rightly pointed out through this article that virtual meetings are far better than physical/personal one-to-one meetings which have been carrying out for the last many years. CoVID-19 and subsequent lockdown in majority parts of the globe have completely changed the way the meetings official/personal meetings are conducted virtually using many of the virtual online platforms. The most preferred one for virtual meetings being zoom, the video conferencing platform. Though there were many hiccups initially viz. unauthorized entry by miscreants in the meetings by stealing password and all but that was completely taken care of by the zoom administrators. Corona has taught all the communities a lesson by way of innovative meeting strategies viz. virtual/online meetings. In the future, many meetings will have to be conducted virtually. This way the expenditure towards building and other infrastructures will be curtailed. Also, this will reduce the pressure on individuals on a long journey to reach their institutions and/or laboratories which are mostly situated far off from their homes. This will also reduce the expenditure on the purchase of vehicles for transporting the people from one end to the other. This will indirectly reduce pollution and will ultimately increase the wellness of the people. Medical expenses also would drastically reduce in the long run. Of course, the productivity and efficiency of the scientists would also improve to a greater extent. Th...

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