Tagged: conferences

Do We Still Need Conferences for Women in Science?  - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 18, 2017

by Professor Cather Simpson (@ptolemytortoise) Yes, of course we do!  Conferences that bring together women in science to discuss their work and what it’s like to BE a woman in science in the 21st century are incredibly useful to the whole science community. That’s a provocative assertion, but before you get, well, hysterical, let me give you a few excellent reasons why conferences like the 2017 AWIS “Celebrating Women in Science” are still valuable. First, these conferences simplify the process of … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Stellar science on show - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. Every conference has his favourite themes, which are the “hottest” things of the day. For IAUS329, there were several ones, plus some soft controversies (we won’t fight … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Organising a conference - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 30, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. A meeting wouldn’t exist without organisers. Of course there are the committees (the local and scientific ones) which help, but an overall guide is needed. For … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Getting to New Zealand - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 28, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. The first step for attending a congress is to travel – and that implies some “events”, more numerous as the travel gets longer. It began with the … Read More

Astronomical travels: From the land of chocolate to Aotearoa - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 08, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. Attending a scientific congress – a classic activity for a researcher. Of course it helps to keep up to date with the latest discoveries, but it … Read More

Death by outline - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 03, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by le L.E. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apr%C3%A8s_un_meurtre.JPG When you watch the news do the presenters first grab your attention by saying: “First we’re going to show you the top headlines in priority order. Then we’ll show you a trivial item or two, followed by the sports section, then the weather, before we wrap it … Read More

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More

Molecular ecologists meet in the Catlins - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Dec 03, 2009

Last weekend I attended the 12th Annual NZ Molecular Ecology meeting, held in the Catlins, in the deep south of New Zealand.  NZ’s molecular ecologists have a traditional of holding their annual meeting in beautiful, out-of-the-way places, and this year was no exception with the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre in the heart of the Catlins being our base.  This [...] … Read More