Does anyone learn anything new at conferences? Measuring serendipity and knowledge diffusion at academic conferences

The rise of digital networking and conference platforms in recent years has led many to question the value of conferences on environmental and accessibility grounds. Yet, one frequently cited example of their value is the opportunity for serendipitous unplanned interactions. Exploiting evidence from conference scheduling conflicts and subsequent publications, Misha Teplitskiy, Soya Park, Neil Thompson … Continued