One last thought as we come to the close of this year’s Biophysical society meeting. Not to be too negative but how many of us have been a bit bummed by not being the person asking the presenters that crucial “quick question” in the few minutes after a talk? It’s difficult, when there’s so much good science to balance speaker’s time with time for responses from the audience. I’d also say we should give a round of applause to all of the symposium organizers for doing an excellent job putting together the programs for this year. I wonder though if there’s a benefit to changing the culture of the talk schedule a bit.
Often times the Subgroups will organize dinners in order to allow people to get to know the presents and the people in that field a little bit better. I’m thinking it might be interesting to have a short 15-30 minute meeting after each symposium in order to allow people time to speak to the presenters one-on-one and to exchange contact information. If you aren’t reaching out to people already I encourage you to do so but attending Subgroup dinners and by trying to catch people after their talks. It might just lower the energy barrier a little bit, however, to be able to have a quick refreshment session to encourage a cultural change from everyone rushing out of the session after all of the talks are finished. Though I will say, the poster sessions are a great time for this as well!
Overall I hope you had a good time at Biophys! I hope we all consider how to spread the news about Biophysics and try to answer as many “quick questions” as we get throughout the next year!