Attending scientific meetings might be a crapshoot -- they're expensive and time consuming -- but good meetings are definitely worth the resources, says DrugMonkey. Meetings are valuable for the scientific exchange that goes on, and really good ones get you "absolutely fired up about your science," he says. "When you get back to the lab, do you tear around like a wackaloon, getting new experiments and collaborations going? Then you had a GoodMeeting."

 

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