There is, in all of this problem space, a wonderful opportunity for some valuable sociology and history of science, in which meeting behaviours and different sorts of meetings are compared over decades and across disciplines, so that a richer understanding of norms and their instantiation is gained. Sadly, we do not know of anyone doing this work at present. Nevertheless, we see in this discussion an important issue being raised that if reflected on openly and critically, and perhaps even at meetings, can raise awareness of what it means to be a scientist and to do science."
The scientific importance of asking questions at meetings: why virtual debate is not enough. Bioessays. 2011 33(1): 35-37