Conference Planning Resources

Conference Planning Resources

To promote best practices in conference planning, we have compiled the following resources on conference planning. These are by no means exhaustive, but provide valuable insight and expertise on planning inclusive in-person and virtual events. Thanks to members of the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement for sharing many of these resources.

When planning your meeting and browsing these resources, we invite you to think about the following questions:

  • What potential challenges do you anticipate?
  • How can you try to account for these challenges?
  • What resources do you need to be successful?

rOpenSci’s guide to running a successful ‘unconference’:


Mozilla's guides for designing open events and building community:

The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement's Guide to Building Community at Scientific Events


Planning inclusive meetings:


Resources to help event organizers invite diverse speakers, presenters, and participants:


Tips for running virtual conferences and events:


Tools for online events:



Creating training materials:


Have a resource that you would like to see included? Email [email protected]