Attending conferences, whether big or small, is essential for any science professional looking to expand their network and promote their research. Here are four tips for getting the most out of a conference:
- Make a plan. Familiarize yourself with the conference’s agenda and speakers. Determine your must-attend sessions and create a schedule that you can refer to throughout the conference. If available, download the conference’s official app to facilitate planning. Be careful not to overbook yourself. Leave time for breaks and important social events.
- Get social. Take advantage of the conference’s networking events! This is where you can discuss what you learned during the day’s sessions and make connections with other attendees. You never know who could be your next coworker or collaborator.
- Join the conversation. Connections can be made online as well as on the conference floor. Use social networks to follow the discussion around the meeting before, during, and after the event. Research the appropriate handles and hashtags ahead of time so you can stay in the know and join the discussion. Also, consider sharing your experiences online. You can write a blog post or tweet about the meeting using the conference’s hashtag.
- Follow up. Your conference experience doesn’t have to end with the closing ceremony. Reach out to your new connections via email or LinkedIn. It can be as simple as saying, “It was nice meeting you at the Kavli Lecture.” Keep those connections fresh, and your networking is sure to pay off.
Are you ready to put your meeting skills to the test and get more tips to advance your career? See if there is an ACS on Campus event in your area by visiting acsoncampus.acs.org.
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Puebla & Mexico City
Edinburgh, Durham, Manchester
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