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Conference Planner 2008


If you’re like the majority of our survey respondents, you probably attend just one or two conferences per year. So how do you make sure you pick the right one or two from an ever-growing field of dozens and dozens of meetings?

For one thing, you can’t go wrong, it seems, going to Cold Spring Harbor’s Biology of Genomes meeting (that’s assuming you can get in — the meeting was wildly oversubscribed this year, as it has been in years past). That meeting was the most recommended of all the conferences listed in our survey this year, just as it was in our first conference survey in 2005.

But there are tons of other meetings out there, and that’s the point of this survey — to help you find out more about those conferences without having to test them all yourself. Many thanks to the 842 respondents who took the time to complete the survey so that we could bring you great data about which meetings have the best scientific content, speakers, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and more. Our survey included more than 45 conferences; in the pages that follow, we list the ones attended and recommended by the most people. You’ll also find information on how much your colleagues spend on conference travel each year, what factors are most important in choosing meetings, and who spends the most time in exhibit halls and poster sessions.

To view the PDF of the complete survey results, click here.

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