Ten Commandments For Attending a Conference

Ten Commandments For Attending a Conference

As the ‘conference season’ is coming up, we will this week focus on conference attendance. As a basis for the discussion we will have two short papers. The first one, titled “The Ten Commandments for Attending a Conference“, is written by McAleer and Oxley. The second one is news paper article called “How to give a bad talk”. The second article is written by Deborah St James who has also published books on the topic. For example, ”Writing and Speaking for Excellence – Guide for Physicians” and ”Listen. Write. Present – The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology”

In addition to this we will also discuss (and do an inventory of) our planned research attendance this year.

Abstract for the ten commandments:

Having both organised and attended a number of international conferences, big and small, good and bad, we thought we would like to share some of our experiences with the interested reader. The observations of a number of conference reviewers are available in the perceptive conference reviews, which are given in the reference list. Mercifully, some of the more bizarre conferences attended by the reviewers have not been reviewed. This second set of Ten Commandments might usefully be read in conjunction with the Ten Commandments for Organising a Conference.