This memo contains a checklist that I created during preparation for a conference. It is by no means exhaustive, necessary or sufficient.
2. Before the conference.
You need to calibrate the parameter X. For me X=1, but if you are smart this may be successful with X>1.
The following sub-items are to be performed for each of the X papers.
You need to calibrate the Y. I think that 4 is a realistic number. Add one well-read paper from the previous headline. For a three-day conference this makes 15 presentations. Already a lot.
- (Optional) Paper business cards. You can send them to your friends by snail-mail.
- Website business card with your CV and why you are interesting.
- LinkedIn profile for recruiters.
- GitLab/GitHub/SourceForge/BitBucket/Savannah, any worksharing service.
A non-exhaustive list:
- Promote your concrete work. (paper, software, service, website, project)
- Promote yourself. (employee, collaborator, find a job)
- Find a concrete missing puzzle piece for your work. (idea, product, service, employee)
- Find an abstract person. (friend, consultant, mentor, teacher, well-connected person)
- Hang out with likeminded people.
- List of organisers and committees.
- List of presenters.
- (Sometimes) conferences publish lists of participants.
- Lists of sponsoring companies.
As a homework, paste your Twitter, GitLab, account links, and other Social Media links at the top of the file.
3. On the conference.
- Power bank
- Storage space
- Internet connection
3.2. Find the speakers that will be delivering the talks you are interested in. (Offline conferences)
Make a photo with them. It is an easy way to remember what they look like and add to your BBDB.
Write it down into the BBDB.
How is this even done at the video conferences? “Private rooms” just sound creepy. At chat-based conferences?
4. After the conference.
- Useless business cards.
- Useless social network connections.
- The Importance of Networking in Science By Shayna Joubert August 9, 2018 https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/biotechnology-networking-tips/