[PCST] What makes a PCST conference unmissable?
director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Tue Mar 29 02:20:59 CEST 2011
Well, let me say what can make a conference disappointing:
1. Millions of papers, obviously accepted indiscriminately, squeezed
into too short a time and therefore necessitating numerous parallel
sessions and some very small audiences.
2. The feeling that the most interesting discussions aren't part of
the programme at all but must be taking place privately among groups
3. Conference fees that are so high that hefty profits are obviously
being made or money is being creamed off or diverted in some way.
4. Conferences with fees in exotic currencies having to be paid in a
complicated way so that a hefty proportion of the cost ends up
profiting an obscure bank.
5. When the Proceedings are not freely available on the web and are
not finally published until years afterwards.
6. Not being in a nice place. Would you attend a conference in
7. Everybody else being twenty years older than I am.
8. Everybody else being twenty years younger than I am.
9. Everybody being glued to their laptops, iPads, tablets, slates, etc.
10. Prima donnas who arrive at the conference late, present their
paper, then fly off again before the end without bothering to listen
to anybody else.
11. When the conference is in a normally pleasant city but clashes
with a Formula 1 Grand Prix or the World Conference of Cardiologists
or a G8 summit or a volcanic ash cloud.
12. Conference dinners where there isn't enough food to go around
(yes, it happens!)
counihan at soton.ac.uk
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