## Add-ons to Science Survival Guide book

Ruud Wijdeven 14 September 2012

## Biomeeter: find your way in the world of conferences

Posted in Conferences, Research and education

Presenting your data at conferences is key for doing good science. However, finding the right conference can be as challenging as the actual experiments. Especially when you work interdisciplinary there is a lack of overview of what is organized and where. We scientists mostly rely on the occasional mail from our supervisor for our meeting ideas. Or on the few meeting posters that litter the hallway, who looks at them anyway.

So we thought it was time to do it differently. At least in biology and medicine for now. With some PhD students we’ve set up a new tool called biomeeter.com, a website that provides an overview of conferences organized in the different fields of biology. Now over 600 meetings can be found here, among which the meetings of the large organizers like Gordon, Keystone and EMBO. And new meetings are added every day.

We want to get the database complete by keeping the website open source. This means everybody can freely add a meeting. We will then check and categorize it to ensure the quality of the website. You can easily search by category, but also by keyword and location. So if you’ve always wanted to go to Singapore; here’s your chance to find a reason for it.

We’re still trying to optimize the usability so any feedback is more than welcome! And if you like it: spread the word to your friends. Because the more people know about it the more meetings will be in the database. We hope it can help you!

cheers,

Ruud Wijdeven

PhD students at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Reach us at biomeeter@gmail.com, @biomeettweet

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1. 14 Sep 2012 9:45, M Arifur Rahman

This is really a good initiative. As a PhD student I really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

2. 14 Sep 2012 10:07, Rik

I’ve just added our winter school meeting! Great tool.

3. 14 Sep 2012 10:14, Gijs van Soest

Excellent initiative, just posted our own meeting!

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