The Diversity Alliance for Science’s 6th annual Life Science for Diversity Conference will be held on May 20-22 In Newark, New Jersey, and it serves as an opportunity for companies who exemplify diversity to have a greater presence in the scientific community. Besides representatives of those companies, other people who attend included pharmaceutical executives, government officers and scientific thought leaders in the community. In all, over 350 people are expected to attend the event, and it was sold out several weeks in advance.
If you’re thinking about attending a science convention in the near future, but aren’t quite sure yet, here are some reasons to RSVP today:
- You’ll meet others in the community: Oftentimes, in the scientific community, it is difficult to meet new people as they are often so busy with their own work and research. By attending scientific conferences, you get to see the faces behind the names you read in journals or trade publications. You’ll have a chance to network and see whether or not it might be advantageous to collaborate or pursue a working relationship with someone.
- You’ll learn more about the latest issues related to your industry: This again goes to the idea of learning about what else is out there. Those who present at science conferences are often presenting on their latest research, so you’ll be able to learn more about what’s going in your industry just by reviewing some of the themes of the conference. You can then adjust your own methodologies or business practices to meet the demands of the growing trends in your industry.
- See a good old fashioned debate: At a science conference, there is always a lot of personality in the room. While most people are cordial, this is not to say that heads don’t sometimes butt when discussing issues. If you’re unsure how you feel about a particular practice or study in your field, a conference is the best place to showcase your hesitance and get an immediate response.
While all of these are possible benefits of attending a science conference, you still need to prepare beforehand. It might be a good idea to take a look at the itinerary schedule and research possible people who will be there. Oftentimes, conferences can get quite chaotic and can be overwhelming to the ill-prepared. Make a list of possible people you want to meet. For example, if you sell laboratory supplies, prioritizing scientists, equipment manufacturers and others directly related to the industry will help organize your day. By planning in advance, you’ll make contacts, learn new things about your industry and better your business – all with a catered lunch in between.
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