This June I had a great opportunity to attend annual conference organized by International Society for Stem Cell Research. It was amazing four days of the adventure in Vancouver, Canada. I don’t want to review the conference but just give you a taste of it as a whole experience.
It was my first such a big conference (around 4000 guests were expected!). On the meeting like this you have a chance to see and listen to great scientists and learn about their research not only from printed out articles. It was very inspiring to listen to such outstanding scientists as Molly Stevens or Anthony Atala who are doing groundbreaking research in tissue engineering and stem cell filed. Or to attend talk given by Nobel Prize winner – Shinya Yamanaka. Definitely concentration per square meter of science-celebrities or rather celebrainiacs was more than high!
ISSCR conference was also a great way to interact with other PhD students and making new friends. Poster session – which is a way to present your project in a graphical, condensed form – was also very fruitful. I could share with my latest results, I’ve gotten some input to my work and I could also see what other students are working with.
And of course beside all of this – conference is a great opportunity to have fun, go to social events after conference hours and enjoy the city. Vancouver for that was just perfect! So if you still hesitate if PhD is for you – remember one thing. It is not only about sitting in the lab and experiments. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, see places and learn mind-blowing things. So come on and enjoy the ride and!
And now I’ll leve you with this song by Ph.Diddy about going to conference 😉