Two words sum up Sci Foo: absolutely incredible. It’s already been a couple of weeks since I returned from my trip to California, but it’s only now that I’ve had some time to write down my highlights of the “unconference” (part 1 of Sci Foo blogging is here).
On each day of Sci Foo, I met astoundingly accomplished and smart people (sometimes just while we were queuing for food at the Google canteen). I learned some truly amazing things from the fascinating sessions and one-on-one conversations. I had some really interesting discussions with various people about topics I’m particularly interested in, including altmetrics, new signals for research impact, animal research ethics, and neuroscience. Moreover, since I was at the Googleplex, I got the chance to see a part of the tech world that I’d only ever read about.
A few things that I’ll never forget
- Giving a 5-minute lightning talk about the point of pain research to a packed room, on the last day of Sci Foo.
- Having a great conversation with Dr. Alcino Silva about an amazing project of his which aims to create digital and dynamic maps of neuroscience research.
- Getting a demo of Google Glass (and having conversations with Google employees about Glass habits and “culture”).
- Wandering into the area with Google’s Android lawn statues, and gasping in amazement when I saw the giant donut (reminiscent of Altmetric donuts).
- Belting out “Hey Jude” with 9 other Sci Foo attendees (including a Nobel Prizewinner) at a karaoke bar in the wee hours of the morning.
- Spending 2 days after Sci Foo in San Francisco with Amarjit and Alan, my good friends and colleagues from Digital Science. There was never a dull moment in our journey.
My Sci Foo experience in photos
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