It is coming up for a year ago that I attended my first conference.
Someday, all conferences will be like this
SciBlog08 was certainly a Web2.0 gathering.
But the next two events I attended did not fit with what I imagined a conference would be like, either.
There was the relentless enthusiasm of the iGEM 2008 Jamboree. Then there was Bayer ‘s Press Forum, Perspective on Innovation, at which I witnessed the nature of questions from the floor when they come from those with a journalistic, rather than a scientific, motive.
There are some elements that these conferences have in common. There is being starstruck at seeing someone whose work you admire presenting. There is struggling to follow some talks, and being captivated by others. There is conference paraphernalia and there are nametags, which for some inexplicable reason I retain.
What’s my name again?
I feel privileged to have attended what I believe is 2009′s most exclusive gathering, which came with what is undoubtedly the best conference hospitality I have witnessed in my short conference-attending career to date. The programme was infinitely flexible, incorporating local cuisine and culture.
The freebies were exemplary. And, being among friends, no nametags were needed.