Unlike previous years, Sci will NOT be Neuroblogging this year's SfN. I did like doing it, it was loads of fun, but I'm afraid there's just too much on my plate this year. I will definitely be looking up this year's neurobloggers, though! I think I recognize some names! 🙂
But I would like to offer to any young neuroscientists this following reposts, on going to SfN, having a good time, and getting out alive.
SFN is big.
Ok, Not as big as Experimental Biology. Or that one Microbiology meeting. (Apparently it's bigger than BOTH of these! Someone told me once that ASM topped out around 40K but I guess not! Neuroscience FTW!!!) But for many neuroscientists, it's easily the biggest meeting we've ever been to, and often, it's also the first. And so, Sci's little heart aches in sympathy when she gets an email like this:
This is my first time to a meeting and to SFN.
I specifically would like to socialize with people who are working in my area of research...
I am generally a shy person and I am trying to break the ice this time. Advice on how to make connections and how to find and approach people in my area of research is what I am looking for.
Have you ever attended SFN sponsored socials? Are they useful? What should we expect at a social?
Any general advice to get the most out of the meeting.. It seems like there is a lot and very little time.
I've been there. Believe me. Her first time, Sci felt like a tiny speck in a sea of neuroscience. Or sometimes (depending on crowds) like a salmon swimming the wrong way in the current. But neuro-salmon, we aren't just here to show our flashy pink tummies and research! No, we are here to SPAWN (not literally, well, some people are, I've heard rumors). We are here to network and spawn research ideas, and if we're little post-doc salmon, we are here to spawn some possible collaborations and faculty opportunity!
(One of last year's SFN attendees. You flash that data tummy, Scientist!!)
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