In about 4 days, MRS Meeting Fall 2017 will commence. As a young researcher, I often wonder what is the best way to prepare for conferences. It can be particularly nerve-wrecking as MRS is one of the largest materials conferences and like me, I am sure you will want to make the most out of your time there!
Here are some tips that you might find useful:
- Check out the conference schedule beforehand.
Mark the talks you wish to attend. MRS has an app for those of you who are tech-savvy. For traditionalist like me, you can print the meeting schedule and mark it manually. However, do take note that due to unforeseen circumstances, some talks might be cancelled or re-scheduled. To avoid disappointment, I will advise you to check the most updated meeting information online daily.
- Contact scientists you wish to meet
During MRS meeting, there will be many excellent scientists, making it an extremely useful platform for scientific exchange and collaborations. I find it useful to contact researchers that I wish to meet beforehand. If you are worried that your email might be missed, one other way is to attend the presentations in person, and interact with the presenters.
- Rehearse for your presentation
What better way to leave a conference feeling accomplished than acing your presentation. Whether you are giving an oral or poster presentations, they are good avenues for you to showcase your hard work. Be proud of it and actively share it with other conference participants. Invite people to your presentations (like what I will do here shamelessly)!
**Come and support my oral presentation on 30th November, 3pm at Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Republic A if you free**
I hope that these 3 simple tips will be helpful especially for scientists who are attending their first conference!
You might want to check out a post I have written previously for Naturejobs Blog about networking skills.