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Conference Project – Call for collaboration

In 2017, NaturalScience.Careers launched its first research project — the conference study project. We set out to remodel the standard science conference event by adding an interactive format and herewith extending opportunities conferences hold for scientists by providing them with improved networking experiences. With the introduction of small round-table discussion groups we aim to make conferences more inclusive events for everybody.

 

For over a year now our study, coordinated by Peter Kronenberg, has become a valuable platform for supporting and connecting with multiple groups from academia and industry, all interested in creating better conference events.

Many of these collaborations began when conference organisers contacted us about how they could for example de-bias the selection processes for their speaker selection processes or wanted to create particularly family-friendly environments. We collaborated to develop inclusive conference environments and sensitise each other to the various needs of conference participants and organisers. The feedback from participants and conference organising teams created indispensable networks which enabled us to refine our perspectives on the study project’s initial ideas and the set-up of our research approach.

 

We were glad to be able to share preliminary results at two meetings: the GenderingMINTdigital collaborative research project in Freiburg and the I, Scientist 2018 conference. These were wonderful opportunities for getting feedback from people invested in current discussions on science career planning, gender and networking.

 

Naturally, we couldn’t find the “one-size-fits-all” answer to all the challenges science conference organisers face. Challenges remain diverse and often very specific to the conference context, size and research field.…

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Which type of conference delegate are you?

This text has been translated from a German original written by Dr. Eliza Leusmann (published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (April 2018, p. 4KITE Freiburg46)). The drawings are from Maike Hettinger.

 

 

Answer these eight questions in order to prove once more, ‘We´re all individuals- me not!’

 

 

1) When do you sign up for a conference?

  1. Whenever my boss tells me to.
  2. … the early bird …
  3. … can bugger off!
  4. Whenever my secretary reminds me to do so.
  5. When rumours that the colleagues will attend go around the institute.
  6. Oops, until when was the registration deadline?

 

2) Where are you during the talks?

  1. Exactly where I belong- on stage!
  2. I sit in the front third on the left side, centre of row.
  3. Centre-centre, where everyone can see me well.
  4. I wait with my friends in the reception hall. There will be coffee soon, right?
  5. I sit at the back, so people don´t take as much notice if I snore.

 

3) What do you wear during the conference?

  1. Whatever my wife picked for me.
  2. The up-market red blazer, as always. That will be recognised and remembered.
  3. Ahm, the stuff from yesterday is still fine, I guess.
  4. Jacket and shirt, ironed.
  5. Hoodie and jeans, what else?
  6. My conference pants. Cord trousers, that keep me warm, super-comfy.

 

4) What do you present to the other participants?

  1. Nothing.
  2. My poster.
  3. My latest results.
  4. Myself.
  5. How to network.
  6. Almost the same as on the last conference, I am just updating it.
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