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Equity in science education and disseminations: lessons learned during COVID-19 pandemics
  • Mohammad Yousefi,
  • Mahraz Abdollahzadeh,
  • Shirin Moossavi
Mohammad Yousefi
Semnan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
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Mahraz Abdollahzadeh
Pasteur Institute of Iran
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Shirin Moossavi
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
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Peer review status:IN REVISION

30 Jun 2020Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
01 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
01 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
01 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor

Abstract

Scientific activities including university classes, wet lab research activities, fieldwork, and seminars/conferences have been cancelled in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemics. While the public health priority was to contain and mitigate the outbreak, the science sector swiftly adopted technologies to stay connected and continue the scientific activities as much as possible. Creativity, ingenuity, and resilience abound in the science community manifested in successful examples of truly global activities such as seminar series and conferences. While these platforms were initially concerned with maintaining the continuum of science education and dissemination, they attracted participants beyond the boundaries of their respective institutions and countries and thereby increased the equity. While the communities and countries are easing the societal restrictions and the scientific community returns to on-site work, it is important to learn the lessons and ensure equity in science education and dissemination moving forward.