Scientific conferences have a way of taking something that is inherently fun and exciting and dragging the life out of it. Between the endless menagerie of talks, posters, workshops, discussions and networking events, it becomes nigh impossible to maintain that sense of exhilaration that exists when you first set foot inside the conference center.
Instead of accepting that scientific meetings are a necessary evil, to be endured rather than enjoyed, try to look at a conference as a chance to take part in some activities that you wouldn’t normally get to do. If you happen to be coming to EB2014, ASBMB is offering a wide variety of opportunities for you to break out of the normal conference routine, and, you know, have some fun:
Outreach poster session
Have you heard the word “outreach” and been unsure what it means? Get a better sense by checking out our special science outreach-themed poster session, directly following the ASBMB Opening Lecture on Saturday April 26. Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, the session will feature posters from ASBMB members showing how they do outreach, describing the different events and activities with which they are involved. Oh, and there will be refreshments.
Science communication workshop
Want a chance to practice not talking like a scientist? Come to our workshop “You Can’t Say That on Television (or to Congress, or to students)” on Monday April 28 at 12:30 PM and get insight and advice from a panel of expert science communicators who will work with you directly to improve your communication skills. We’ll have bloggers, policy wonks and education experts, all at your disposal.
On Monday April 28 at 7:30 PM, swing by Southpaw Social in the heart of the Gaslamp District to take part in our public science café, “Game Changer: How a Computer Game Can Turn You Into a Real-Life Hero.” Brian Koepnick from the University of Washington will lead an interactive, hands-on exploration of FoldIt, the video game that doubles as protein structure research. We’re opening the doors to all comers, so don’t be surprised to find yourself sharing a computer with someone with absolutely no scientific background. How’s that for a different conference experience?
Of course, we still encourage you take in all the science you possibly can during the meeting. But if you do ending up having even a small craving to try out something unique, come join us for our outreach events and re-discover why you came to love science in the first place.
For more about special events at EB, visit: http://www.asbmb.org/Meetings_01/2014mtg/2014AnnlMtgProgInfo.aspx?specialevents=t
To learn more about the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, visit: http://www.asbmb.org/PublicOutreach/