What is a Twitter conference?

A Twitter conference is a virtual conference that takes place on Twitter, in this case under the hashtag #brainTC. Just like a regular conference, #brainTC will feature both keynotes and research presentations, but the talks will be delivered via a series of tweets under the conference hashtag. The conference removes the hassle of travel by allowing scientists to meet and interact using Twitter. Twitter conferences also promote open science: everyone can follow the presentations, ask questions, and take part in the discussions.

World Seabird Twitter Conference has been a pioneer of Twitter conferences; if you’re curious about how the conference can play out, please check the Storify of last year’s World Seabird Twitter Conference.