If you have not done it yet, please fill a brief questionnaire about your experience at the Science Blogging Conference. We will meet in a couple of weeks to analyze how it went and to start brainstorming the ways we can make the next conference even better.
So far, we received 46 responses through that form and have been reading them carefully. One of the responders was not even there - he fully participated in the proceedings online, watching the streaming videos and participating in chatrooms in real time, then blogging about it. I wish there was a way to send locopops - the high point of the conference for some people, according to the survey - via internet (it's a set of tubes, after all, so what could be easier, right?) to all of those who followed the meeting virtually. Imagine just logging in, choosing the flavor (spicy Mexican chocolate, yum!) and clicking "Send" and, voila, the popsicle appears from a little chute on the side of your computer!
BTW, I have been dutifully updating the Blog and Media coverage page on the wiki, so you can see what people are saying about the conference. Several sessions are described in detail, there are several videos and screencasts, and some conversations started at the meeting are now continuing on blogs.
Hmmm - I can't think where you might have seen the name for this blog post Bora ;-)
Thanks for the virtual locopops BTW. Very tasty....
I see the form has questions related to what we might want to see in future conferences, but no way to indicate "I couldn't afford to go to this one"...
I'd have loved to have gone, and I'd love to go to the next one, but don't know if I'll be able to afford money or time to do so when it comes around.
I personally couldn't afford to go this year (UK based) but am already thinking about how I might source funding to attend in person in 2009.
From my experience this year (and next year is bound to be better still), on-line participation for those who cannot make it in person for WHATEVER reason is stunningly good.
Check out the wiki as above (very detailed) and learn about/watch what you missed.