Conferences are an important part of university life. They are where you get know-how, visibility and connections. In conferences research disciplines convene, new research is revealed, future directions are debated. They are labour markets and places where reputations are negotiated.
But conferences can be very problematic, especially for new players. They can be alienating, intimidating – and very expensive. But there are ways of dealing with the problems. I have written five posts about how to make conferences work, and have now brought them together in a single document. You can download this as a pdf, absolutely free of charge, by clicking here.
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