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Mark Alfano

Lots to say here, of course, but I'll just add one:

Conferences are for meeting people. This took me about four years to learn. I'd go to conferences to present, give comments, ask questions at the Q&A, etc. I didn't make any connections that lasted beyond the final day of the conference. That was silly. Now, when I attend a conference, I try to arrange coffee, lunch, dinner, beers, whatever with people in advance. It makes the conference much more enjoyable, helps me to get to know people in my field, and has even resulted in a couple of joint publications.

Marcus Arvan

Ditto - I wish I'd learned that lesson sooner myself!

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