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Featured Conference: Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms Research March 24, 2012

Posted by museumatt in Uncategorized.

Graduate and Early Career Caucus member Tulley Long, a Post-Doc at the University of Minnesota, is on the Planning Committee of the Chronobiology Workshop’s Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms Research,” at the University of Minnesota on May 11-12, 2012.  This conference will provide a forum for historians, philosophers, and biologists to reflect on the origins and development of an important interdisciplinary activity that has proved significant to many areas of the biological and biomedical sciences.

Visit the conference website here.

Large national and international conferences provide important experiences for scholars at all levels and should be attended when time and funds permit. Smaller conferences such as Fascinating Rhythms are also valuable because they offer an intimate setting and allow for networking with people within your specialization and are often cheaper to attend.

For scholars in the dawn of their careers, working on the Planning, Steering, Local Arrangements, or other committees for conferences can also be a good way to build administrative experience while forming deeper connections and networks with colleagues.

“The experience of organizing this conference on the history of biological rhythms research has definitely strengthened my network connections and broadened my administrative skill set,” recommends Dr. Long. “Beyond the colleagues here on campus who are helping to make this conference a reality, the process of seeking participants and attendees has brought me into contact with many historians, philosophers, and scientists beyond Minnesota who I otherwise would not have encountered. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, it has been a challenging (but fun!) exercise to try to craft a coherent and interesting program out of the diverse abstracts we received.  The practical nuts and bolts of the conference planning have taught me about how to approach a whole range of  other, less intellectual decisions — from budget to boxed lunches — which go into making a meeting a success. In all of this, I’m lucky and grateful to be learning from the experience and expertise of the other members of the planning committee!”

While large conferences tend to invite more established academics to serve on these committees, smaller and local conferences tend to be more open to graduate students and those who are looking, or have just accepted, their first jobs.

Keep up to date on the latest conferences related to the History of Science at the History of Science Society’s website.


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