Wondering why you should attend the Annual meeting as an early career researcher? I hope you will be convinced by the end of this post!
Sometimes we question ourselves if we have interesting results to present or if our work will lead to good discussions with our peers. The fact is that presenting an engaging talk comes with practise, and the best way to increase your confidence when showcasing your work is attending conferences. I know it involves a great deal of planning and preparing the presentation can be quite time-consuming. But at the end of the day, it helps you organise your own thoughts, it contributes to your learning process and it engages your peers with your research. It is undeniable that the more you expose yourself to public speaking situations the more skilled you become (also less nervous!). Even if you think it is not the moment to put yourself out there, you will learn and gain a lot by just watching others present.
Great minds think alike! As the saying states, it is great when you meet people who can contribute to your work, who have similar projects, or look at your work from another perspective and give you ideas to help you further your research. Unfortunately, these magical moments won’t happen if you lock yourself in the office! It is great to know what is going on in your research field and to simply meet new people. Meetings are always a great opportunity for networking!
The last, but not the least important reason to come to the BES annual meeting: to have fun! Make new friends, meet people from different backgrounds, different nationalities, cultures and research fields. There will always be occasions to sit around a table and chat unpretentiously with whoever sits around you. Maybe, if your knowledge surpasses that of other academics, you may even have a chance to be the pub quiz winner!
We have a fantastic programme http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/events/annual-event-2016/ covering a wide range of disciplines, so sign up to meet us there.
Hope you are convinced by now and feel excited about joining us in Liverpool from 11 to 14th of December. Registrations are open and abstract submission deadline is 23:59 on the 14th of September http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/events/annual-event-2016/abstract-submission/
Looking forward seeing you all there!