MSACL strives to offer a congress experience that values training and mentorship (see travel grants, short courses and Practical Training tracks), and provides avenues by which early-career attendees can gain experience presenting (see Poster Lightning Talks, the Poster Contest, Podium opportunities).
But is that enough? No, it is not. Time for Phase 2.
Our goal now is to create "natural" (see in the wild) opportunities by which early career attendees can approach, interact and connect with mid- to late-career (aka, grizzled) attendees; such interactions can be the most instructive, and leave the strongest impressions. To this end, we have developed a program called, Meet-the-Experts (aka Meet-the- 3XP3rt5, see leet speak). The objective is to provide a mechanism by which experienced attendees can connect with early career participants in a low-pressure, natural setting for scientists, such as browsing Booths, Posters, and/or chatting over drinks.
MEET-THE-EXPERTS: Booth Tours
MEET-THE-EXPERTS: Poster Tours
MEET-THE-EXPERTS: Office Hours
What's your role? As an expert* mentor, you browse booths or view posters as you normally would, but maybe one to four mentees will tag along to observe, participate and learn from the/your experience. For Office Hours, up to 4 attendees can book a 15-minute meeting with you to chat about ... anything.
But let's not take ourselves too seriously ...
*The term "expert" is ambiguous, but we're good at some things related to chromatography and mass spectrometry in laboratory medicine.
- Brian Rappold
You can sign up for one Meet-the-Experts event (Booth Tour, Poster Tour, Office Hours), or sign-up for all. But to participate as a mentor, you have to let us know at the following link.
Don't miss this opportunity to establish lasting connections at the upcoming MSACL 2018 US conference in Palm Springs January 21-25. This is where you really leverage your experience to contribute to growth in the field.