by Edd Hind
As anybody who has been to the last two International Marine Conservation Congresses will know, the program of talks, symposia, workshops and events is action-packed. It’s why the conferences are so good. However, there is a danger that with so many choices, you miss making one of the most important choices of your whole conference: to make sure you attend the IMCC3 Poster Session, Exhibit Hall, 15 August from 7:30 to 9pm.
As a poster presenter at IMCC1 in Washington, DC, I can’t speak highly enough of the chance I had to discuss my research with those who took the time to come and talk to me about governance of Filipino marine protected areas. However, attending poster sessions is not just about making presenters feel worthwhile… It’s also about the benefits to you!
We asked Twitter why you should attend a poster session, and this is what people had to say:
“[The] same reason as why you should attend talks. To learn about new research in your field.” (@whysharksmatter)
“Personal interactions with presenters.” (@bgrassbluecrab)
“Reviewing for oral presentations can be much more conservative, really interesting ideas can get their first airing in a poster” (@Craken_MacCraic)
“There are some hidden gems.” (@RJlilley)
“I like posters as you can display different types of data. Some of my most out-of-the-box work has been a poster.” (@Craken_MacCraic)
“Provision of wine […] … more delegates pitch up and they are chattier!” (@TalkinOceans)
“Poster sessions are […] friendly – less nerve wracking and tend to be in the evening.” (@Craken_MacCraic)
And my favorite, from a recent graduate:
“I was interviewed by someone who had a poster at a conference I attended. Never saw her poster #doh #stoopid”
So there you go… a few of a myriad of excellent reasons for attending the poster session at IMCC3. Take the poster pledge with me and promise to yourself and the poster presenters that you will be there. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the cash bar!
-Edd Hind is a Marine Resource Management faculty member with the School for Field Studies. He is also on the Communications Committee for IMCC3.