Still dazed at the size of ASHG 2013. ASHG 2013 was big. Everyone knows this. But for a first timer, the size does come at you everything you see. I guess the official number of registrants was around 6570, smaller than last year’s count , but way bigger than any conference I ever attended.
A first look at the conference venue reminded me of a busy airport, but the fleeting thought went from strength to strength after looking at the people hurrying from one session to another during the non-existent short breaks between two talks. It was fun :) The scale of the ASHG 2013 offered “problem of plenty” and “enjoyed” choosing one over many simultaneous sessions & “regretted” choosing one over many simultaneous sessions.
The poster sessions over three days were one of the biggest highlights. With over 3000 posters to choose from and the poster session starting right at 10:30am instead of ungodly 6pm made it all the more interesting. Got to confess that during each day of the conference, I was looking forward to the poster sessions apart from the three or four most interesting talks scheduled at the same time.
However, the scale did come in the way of finding and meeting interesting people to talk to for the first time. Personally could meet only less than half of people in my list. They were not old friends whom one can catch up over dinner, but busy people working on interesting problems. And yes catching up with speakers who gave nice talks was also difficult. Got to have a better strategy next time. Yes, there will be next time.
Will catch up with the scientific and technological excitements in a separate post.