Greetings again. I hope you’re doing well.
In a few days, some of my students and I will attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. It will be in Vancouver, Canada.
The AAAS annual meeting is a large conference. Thousands of researchers, from many countries, attend it. There are many sessions at the same time.
Attending such a large conference can be wonderful but overwhelming. How can one make the most of such an opportunity? Here are some tips, mainly for those new to attending such conferences.
- If possible, look at the conference program before attending. List sessions you hope to attend.
- Take advantage of the chance to network.
- Attend conference events such as receptions.
- Bring business cards. If you’re seeking a job or other opportunity, also bring copies of your CV.
- Consider contacting people beforehand about getting together at the conference.
- If you’ll be presenting at the conference:
- Carry your presentation materials with you. If traveling by plane, don’t put them in your checked luggage, which might be delayed or lost.
- Bring a backup copy of your presentation materials. For example, if your PowerPoint presentation is on a USB drive, also e-mail it to yourself.
- Publicize your session to people who might like to attend.
Speaking of which . . . A session at the AAAS meeting will include a presentation about AuthorAID. If you attend the meeting, I hope to see you there.
Wishing you a good week— Barbara