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Paper: Organising ADASS in a Pandemic
Page: 547
Authors: Pierfederici, F.; Ruiz, J. E.; Gambetta, A. O.; Gardini, A.; Díaz-Rodríguez, A. K.
Abstract: ADASS (Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems) is a medium-size conference catering astronomers and engineers from all over the world. It is traditionally held every year in the fall in a different country, hosted by an astronomy organisation in that country. Or at least this is what has happened for the past 29 editions. The 30th ADASS conference was supposed to take place in Granada, Spain. We were supposed to bask in the sun enjoying southern Mediterranean food and hospitality. Little did we know that our plans had to change dramatically because of a tiny threat with a long name. The “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” had been causing havoc all over the world for a number of months already and had reached pandemic proportions by the time Spring 2020 rolled around. It then quickly became clear that our hopes for this pandemic was here to stay and that an in-person conference was simply not going to be possible, not even in the coming Fall. This is the story of how the 30th ADASS LOC rolled back the preparations for an in-person conference and organised an online event instead. We will present both the lessons we learned and a critical look at the positives and negatives of both conference options.
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