Conferences are an amazing place to showcase your research and learn about the latest and greatest developments in the field. Conferences are also about face-to-face interactions, networking, forming research collaborations, meeting colleagues/ potential advisors/ scientific celebrities, as well as hang out with new and old friends.
With all of that said, conferences are exciting and exhausting! The Student Affairs Committee is working hard to make the SMM2017 in Halifax a fun and productive conference for students. This year we will have:
- A student booth located between the tradeshow and the poster session for students looking to connect with other students and student chapters, find out about conference events, or take a break and relax on our buddy bench.
- Student fundraisers such as Halifax Ghost Walks, museum tickets and penalty box photo ops.
- A Student Night on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 6 - 9pm, which will be a a hosted networking event focused on meeting and getting to know other students, also known as your future colleagues! This event will take place at the Halifax Conference Center. We are developing a program for Wednesday’s Student Night that will be both entertaining and relevant, and there is still time to contribute your ideas – let us know what you would like to see at the Student Night by contacting us via Facebook or SMAL@marinemammalscience.org
Lost Puppy Lunches - Attending the conference alone? Need a break from your cohort of cronies or the chaos of the conference? Looking to branch out and meet some new people? If any of these apply to you sign up for a mystery lunch adventure each day (space is limited- first come, first served basis) at the student booth. Meet at the booth at the lunch break and migrate together with your new clan to a reserved table at a nearby restaurant. Migration starts promptly at 12:05 so don’t be late to guarantee your place to eat.
On the following tabs are a few resources that can help you navigate the conference experience, from finding the funds to attend, as well as making the most of your time in Halifax - whether this is your first conference or your thousandth!
We are looking forward to meeting you in Halifax this fall!