Field of Science

Unfortunate change of plans

So...anyone following me on Twitter probably saw me getting all excited when I signed up to go to the Society of General Microbiology conference a couple of months ago. The conference is next week, but unfortunately I won't be at it, which is a pity because I was all set to blog about it and everything.

There are two main reasons that I can't make it:

1-Time. I'm just finishing off my summer project and starting to need/get exciting results. Also I'm sorting out my wedding, trying to get a PhD organised, and heading off to another more work-related conference later this month. Taking four days off would be slightly overindulgent at this point.

2-Money. I do not have any. As an undergraduate SGM member I can't get a travel grant from them (graduates only) and as I've graduated the university isn't about to give me any money. So I have to pay to transport myself up there, and for somewhere to sleep for four nights. Train fares are expensive nowadays and even the cheapest B-and-B I had planned came to £180. Quite frankly if I had £180 I'd use it to clear my overdraft.

HOWEVER - all is not lost. As I registered for going to the conference (for free - the perks of being an undergraduate member) they sent me a PDF of the abstracts for each session. So, over the next two weeks I'm going to have a rather sad and nerdy little single-person conference of my own on my blog. I'm going to try and get a post up every other day (so seven posts over two weeks) covering one topic at the conference with each post.

I've got a choice of seventeen, but here are the topics I'll probably aim to cover as they're the ones I most wanted to see:

Metals and Microbes
Acid Stress
Microbial Death
New Insights into Secondary Metabolism
Protein Folding and Misfolding
(and if I have time, Microbial Models of Human Diseases)

Before anyone starts feeling too sorry for me about missing this I should point out that a) I have another conference I'm going to this month b) that conference is fully funded and c) that conference is in Italy...

And there will be many more conferences in my life, I'm sure!


Tom Eeee said...

Just keep thinking ITALY ITALY ITALY

I like your conference for one by the way. Glittery awards for extremophiles especially!

Lab Rat said...

It was hard watching all the hashtags go up and everything, but yeah, Italy will definitely make up for that! I'll be presenting there as well, which will do wonders for my CV :)

The conference for one has been so much fun! The extremophiles just seemed to demand that kind of presentation style.