The lack of new postings on this site has been noticed by my friends. So, now that I’m done with the two grants… I shall pick this up again.. here goes:
I was invited to speak at a meeting… which is exciting. But- here’s the thing- the meeting is only most peripherally related to my area of interest. It is very unlikely that anyone in my field (even the broader field) will be at this meeting. I have looked at the other sessions, and the poster sessions- and I can see about 1 presentation that might be interesting to me. So- I thought I would arrive the day before the talk, give the talk the next morning- and be on the plane in the afternoon. That was all cool with me.
Earlier today I was on the meeting site doing the registration… and I saw that the registration fee for this meeting is $700. It wasn’t clear whether or not invited speakers would have their registration fee waived- so I inquired. Turn out that the registration fee for this meeting is NOT waived for invited speakers- and they do not have a single day registration either. Hmmmm.
So, now I’m thinking to myself – giving a talk at a meeting is always a great thing on the CV… but wait a minute….a. DrDrA you do not yet have a grant, b. $700 could buy a lot of TAQ polymerase, c. $700 is one heck of a lot of to pay to give a 15 minute talk (and you know its going to be more like $1200 before everything is said and done) …. I suppose that depends who is in the audience though…
Anyway- I had my mind firmly made up not to go. Then, I told DrMrA- and his answer has thrown me into doubt about the wisdom of my decision not to go. He said- hey- this meeting may be attended to persons who have access to funding via non-traditional NIH,NSF type mechanisms… why would you want to close yourself off from a potential opportunity to access these funding mechanisms by not attending this meeting?!
I obviously don’t want to close myself off from any funding mechanisms right now- and I know weird coincidences happen all the time- but honestly and truly- if I fly in there and give a $700, 15 minute talk- and don’t rub elbows with anyone because this is SO outside my area of interest- what are the chances of me chatting with the right non-traditional funding mechanisms people anyway??? And shoot- it is not like I’ve got a shortage of things to do here- (2 more manuscripts and a review article to write…)…
So, call me irrational, I’m not going.