Tips For Conferences
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We all know that one of the most important parts of establishing a successful science career (or any career for that matter) is the network of colleagues you create. Conferences are a great way to meet people – you share ideas, develop new projects, learn new techniques, find your next employer or employee, and sometimes even have a little fun. This section of the APECS website is dedicated to helping you navigate conferences – from writing an abstract about your work, designing your oral or poster presentation, finding travel funding, serving as a session convener/chair or on a committee, organizing a side workshop or panel – there lots of things you can do and opportunities to take advantage of to start building a great network of colleagues around the world.
Be sure to check the Event listings on the APECS website to find upcoming conferences that may be of interest to you.
Useful Things to Know about Conferences
Abstracts: When preparing to share your research at a conference, you often have to write an 'abstract'. What is an abstract anyways and how can I write a good one? Here are some tips on abstracts for conferences and other resources that might be helpful.
Presentations: Making sure you clearly and concisely share your research with others is often a challenge. Giving a conference presentation, whether as an engaging talk or a beautiful poster, takes practice and a little extra work. Here we share with you some resources on designing your posters and presentations, as well as how to best use the time you have with people while discussing your research.
Travel funding: Finding travel funding is often the limiting factor for young researchers in attending conferences. Thankfully the number of opportunities for early career folks these days is on the rise. Here are a few tips for you to remember when looking for funding – many are common sense, but good to keep in mind.
Sessions: Whether you are deciding what session or area to submit your abstract to or helping to organize a session where other scientists can present their work to colleagues working on similar things, there are lots of things that go into planning a session at a conference. Being a session leader, often called a convener or chair, is an important responsibility that can introduce you to the latest research happening in your field and help you meet new colleagues and develop partnerships. Here we provide some guidance to those of you interested in taking on this leadership role.
Event Planning: Maybe you are going to a conference, but you want to plan something extra so you can meet new colleagues or get some additional feedback on your work. Planning a side event at a conference such as a workshop, discussion panel, or side meeting can take a little work before the conference, but often gives big rewards. Here we give some tips on things to keep in mind when planning a side event.