|Taking some time away from the hubbub (and |
warmth, apparently) to sightsee.
What a week. Neuroscience 2014 was completely overwhelming, exhausting, inspiring, invigorating, and fruitful (I'm kind of sad that last one didn't end in "-ing"):
- There were over 30,500 people in attendance on any given day, with over 15,000 abstracts presented as posters or oral presentations.
- I don't think I attended a single talk that didn't have a line of latecomers waiting to get in.
- ...and I saw Eric-freaking-Kandel strolling around casually in his signature bowtie while I sat on the steps waiting to meet some friends for dinner.
But I think my biggest "takeaways" from the meeting weren't necessarily from the scientific sessions. There is so, so much more that goes on behind the scenes at scientific conferences, and thanks to its titanic proportions, Neuroscience 2014 was certainly no exception.
Here are 3 things I learned from #SfN14: