I’ve finally recovered from conference flu so just a quick post about ESEB 2017.
The conference was awesome, and very well organised given the size. The main program was on an app that my old phone sadly cannot handle, but they also gave out smaller program booklets so I was able to organise my time well enough.
As usual for ESEB the standard of the talks was pretty high. My lack of access to the abstracts did mean I ended up in a fair few theoretical talks, but honestly one of the reasons I prefer large conferences is getting outside my narrow sphere of study for a while. I found the whole experience very useful for helping me generate new ideas, not to mention finding new collaborators! I also quite enjoy the challenge to trying to follow talks on subjects or techniques I am not familiar with. As someone who got into academia, at least partly, because they just enjoyed learning new things, conference season is the highlight of my year.
When to accept or reject a male during the mating season, the optimal strategy: Eva Kisdi #eseb2017 pic.twitter.com/Wup2TfY5e7
— Swanne Gordon (@swannegordon) August 23, 2017
“This is going to be a theory talk, so there’s still time for you to leave” #eseb2017 #overheardateseb
— Emily BurdfieldSteel (@MothPostDoc) August 25, 2017
The conference dinner was also very fun. Rather than the usual drill of sitting in a large room, on a table of people you don’t know, eating dry roast ham, we instead had a “food fair” in a nearby park with vans serving pizza, chips, ice cream, wraps and various other foods.
Really cool outdoorsy setting for the closing dinner. Including this super cool burger truck. #eseb2017 pic.twitter.com/eE8ttKBgSD
— Bibiana Rojas (@biobiiana) August 25, 2017
Oh and finally. I won 3rd prize for my poster!