The Arctic Science Summit Week was held at the end of March. Originally, the Summit was to be held at the north of Iceland, in the town of Akureyri, were everything was ready to receive the 482 participants who had registered, some of them many months in advance. But, Covid-19 put a spoke in everyone’s wheel and the organisers could choose between calling the whole summit off or moving it online. As the time was very short, they had to decide (and act) very quickly.
They decided to move the Summit from Iceland to Zoom and open the registrations again, fearing that fewer people might “turn up”. The opposite happened, more than 650 people registered, from 28 countries from the most easterly parts of Asia to Alaska in the west and participated in 75 workshops and meetings, 10 panel discussions, listened to five key note speeches and had a look at two poster sessions.
All of this was a great success and over 75% of them expressed their appreciation. A report on this has now been published, with the catching title Moving a Conference from Iceland to Zoom. It should be useful for anyone contemplating an event like this.