Why Attend A Medical or Scientific Conference?
It’s no secret that some of the best ideas, discoveries and cures start with bright minds coming together.
Yet, whether you’re a researcher ready to share your work with the world or a doctor who needs to keep up with breakthrough treatments in your field, undoubtedly you’ve found asked yourself:
“Should I attend an academic conference?”
“Can attending a scientific conference benefit my own research or career?”
Today, these conferences are not about one-sided presentations for established researchers and institutions to flaunt their work.
On the contrary, they have evolved into bustling events where students, researchers, doctors, thought leaders, organizations and even policy makers of the same field meet and exchange their own ideas, research and findings.
7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Medical or Scientific Conferences
Be it to network with peers, present your own research, get practical advice or just stay on top of current research and innovation trends, the importance of attending scientific conferences are galore.
In fact, if you’ve not attended a conference yet or at least thought about attending one, you might be missing out!
So without further ado, here are 7 reasons why it’s important to attend scientific conferences:
1. Networking! Networking! Networking!
The benefits of networking in your professional field is no secret to anyone. Be it to boost your career, give your work exposure or exchange new ideas- networking is key!
In the medical field, where most of us researchers and doctors don’t get the time to network online, conferences are the next best thing! As conferences are usually separate from the attendees workplace, it opens up a lot of room to meet and talk and brainstorm with folks in the field.
Besides, the atmosphere at conferences is such that promotes networking. Be it at the Q&A events, walking from one booth to another o even at the cafeteria, conferences are golden spots to network with a variety of people from your field.
2. Build your reputation as an expert in your field
Presenting or even attending medical conferences can become huge stepping stones in your career. Today, most doctors, physicians and clinicians attend conferences as a way to network and share their own expertise.
If you have years of experience or knowledge you should be the first one to jump at the mention of conferences. The more people you engage with,the more knowledge you share, the more recognition you will receive. This can have huge impact on your career ladder and open you up to new exciting job offerings, collaboration requests and more.
That said, if you are an oncologist or cancer researcher, you should start by attending European Congress on Clinical Oncology in October, one of the most prestigious conferences on clinical oncology. Explore details of the conference here.
3. Stay on top of the latest breakthroughs and advances in your field
A typical scientific conference usually hosts a number of presentations, one or two keynote speakers and a number of booths or presentations from vendors showcasing the latest technologies, tools and their effectiveness in the field.
By attending a conference, you make sure that you are not missing out on the most cutting edge advancements in your field.Plus, the way conferences are organized ensures that promising work always gets the spotlight.
4. Take your knowledge to the next level
In the recent Practice Profitability Index, 42% physicians said that obtain knowledge on improving their practice from attending conferences.
By hearing from experts and medical professionals in your field you will uncover what is working for them, the process they implemented, the effectiveness of the treatment and much more. This will give you better ways to treat and care for your own patients. This is especially true for oncologists, cardiologists and neurologists where patient-specific treatment is essential.
For research students and professors, a conference can become a huge knowledge bank. In fact, taking notes is quite a common sight at scientific conferences.
5. Opportunity to Present Your Own Research
One of the instant benefits of attending a medical or scientific conference is hands down the opportunity to present your own work and findings to people in the same or related fields.
By following a few simple steps anyone can submit an abstract and get accepted to present their paper. You could be sharing preliminary findings, recently collected findings or data that is yet to be published.
Remember you will be presenting to people who have taken time away from their traditional workplaces to learn something new and share their own knowledge and ideas- this opens up many doors!
By presenting you will not only give your research the exposure it deserves but also end up gathering invaluable feedback on your findings. Your audience might even ask questions or add insights that make you look at your own research from a different perspective.
Plus, if your work is exceptional, conferences are the perfect place to pick up potential funding and collaborators, which brings us to our next point.
6. Get in the radar of potential funders and collaborators
In the medical healthcare field, collective R&D projects such as special issues, journals and even books are quiet the commonplace. And what better way to meet like-minded people from your field, who are genuinely interested in your work than- scientific medical conferences.
Whether you present or not at a conference, you still have the upper hand of advocating for your work, face-to-face with people in your field. The more you share about your work., the higher the chances for you to attract potential collaborators.
What’s better? WIth plenty of fish in the sea, you have the option of approaching whoever you believe will compliment you and your work.
7. Opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders in your field
If you are a research graduate, Phd student or starting out your professional career in the medical field, it can be extremely reassuring to meet seasoned leaders in your field.
Hearing from them and participating in their Q&A sessions might just be what you need to push your own research and career in the right direction. You can even take a step forward by arranging a one-on-one with them. While this might be almost impossible in the real world, grabbing a one-on-one at a conference is fairly simpler.
Whether you are a research graduate, a Phd student or in the middle of your established professional career, attending medical and scientific conferences can have huge positive consequences on your research and career.
It’s where the brightest minds in your field meet, and there’s no reason why you should miss out.
Want to stay ahead of the curve? Attend the European Congress on Clinical Oncology, one of the most popular and prestigious conference for oncologists and cancer research students, this October, 2019.