Choosing a conference to attend
As previously established, there are countless benefits to attending Academic conferences. It is, for one and undoubtedly, a great chance for one to meet people working in the same field and industry with names or faces only seen in print. It could lead to future collaborations and partnerships as well as pave the way for knowledge exchange. Conferences alone are one way for a student or an academic to gather information regarding current advancements in any field. It is all about career development, gaining, and sharing insight from and with academics.
Since an unbelievable number of high-quality conferences take place each year, choosing the most suitable conference to attend is a question that must be meticulously thought of. In order to achieve that, several factors must be initially considered.
A very essential role in a conference is played by its organizer. Therefore, a person considering attending a conference must ask questions such as “is its organizer an individual or an organization?”, “Are they widely known?”, “Are they trust worthy?” especially since an event and its quality are directly related to the personality of a host and whether they should be trusted or not.
Secondly, the topic must be considered as well. Is it relevant? Will it benefit me or in any way add to my knowledge? The topic must lead you to contribute to something that will later benefit the field and assist it in moving forward.
Another vital part of conferences are their audiences. An audience could be just as beneficial as the speakers are. It may include academics, students, or simply someone seeking knowledge; people one can converse with and benefit greatly from. Questions such as “who else will be there?” and “do the attendees include someone I would really be interested to meet?” need to be posed as well.
Finally, the location is just as vital a part as the audience is. Be it the venue or the city where the conference takes place, one must consider the surroundings as they can influence the opinions later formulated by the attendees regarding its quality.