[ASC-list] What makes a conference un-missable?
director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Tue Mar 29 04:27:37 UTC 2011
Some members of the PCST committee met in Florence last week, to plan
the next PCST conference (Florence, April 2012.)
We had a good discussion on what makes a conference unmissable, and
there's a list is below. Anyone like to add anything?
1. From a participant’s point of view, a paper that is accepted
2. From an intellectual perspective it is about learning new
things, participating in discussions which are contributing to the
field eg new practice, new breakthrough, genuine outcome that has
relevance to other places.
3. Good conferences attract speakers doing relevant and innovative
research, practice or teaching.
4. To be significant – it should set directions in science
communication and take a position.
5. Newer entrants into the PCST field want workshops to boost
their skills, where more experienced people want to stretch to meet
new ideas. Good conferences cater for different interests.
6. The quality of the content, particularly outstanding invited
plenary speakers. Plenary speakers need to be managed so they
appreciate the context and focus their talk.
7. Community-building and networking, including with students.
8. Being able to meet the mentors, real experts in the field,
including ‘book club’ sessions where authors discuss their writings
9. Papers that are coherent to the topics, in a program which
links related topics and stimulates discussion
10. A mixture of formats: discussions, plenaries, workshops,
practical advice, debates, and poster sessions that really work.
11. Good conferences leave a trace and extend the conference
experience. They lead to other activities eg collaborations on books
or events; and have a significant effect on the host country.
12. The crowd, the conversations, the consequences
1 Essential is good organisation: efficient processing of
abstracts, early advice on the program so propospective registrants
can judge whether it is relevant, an informative website, smooth
registration and welcoming functions, excellent venue, reasonable
registration fees. Chairs should be trained so sessions run
Anything to add, anyone?
(I've sent this to Rod Lamberts and the group planning the next ASC
conference, also scheduled for 2012.)
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E. director at tossgascoigne.com.au
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