While laboratory organizations scatter their meetings throughout the year, and spring was certainly packed with conventions, fall certainly seems like conference season in the ADVANCE
Editor, Matthew T. Patton, and Editorial Assistant, Amanda Koehler, are just returning from AABB's Annual Meeting and TXPO 2007 in Anaheim, CA. I, myself, am leaving this evening for Denver to catch the National Society for Histotechnology's 33rd Annual Symposium/Convention.
I've had the pleasure of attending the NSH S/C before, and I have to say, my favorite part is the people. NSH attendees are warm, welcoming and excited to share their expertise with each other, and visitors such as myself. Think about your favorite conference experiences. I'll bet they involve meetings where you interacted with fellow attendees, swapping stories and making friends.
At your next meeting (check out our Conference Calendar to see what's coming up), I encourage you to reach out to new people. Join a fellow tech at a lunch table. Ask other browsers at the exhibit hall about their equipment. Exchange business cards with the person sitting next to you at an early morning session. The friendships and professional contacts you make could be indispensable.
I am off to the airport. Don't forget to check our next Web update for conference wraps on AABB and NSH and see what you missed.