Step 1. Win a Nobel Prize. After that, people tend to want to listen to what you have to say. I started off the day listening to Prof. Alan Heeger speak on recombination processes in organic solar cells. It is not every day that you get to listen to a Nobel laureate speak in his area of expertise. I was not disappointed. That kicked off a day filled with several invited talks and an informative panel discussion on the future of the organic photovoltaics industry.
I'm looking forward to the poster session tonight. Mostly for the posters, partly for the food. I'd also like to congratulate two Stanford MSE grad students on their being selected as Gold Medal winners at the MRS. Congratulations to Brian Hardin and Jia Zhu.