How to Choose a Professional Conference to Attend

There are many professional conferences held annually for different industries. From the educational industry to the medical industry and finance industry, there are top seminars you can attend to improve your knowledge and learn new skill sets and acquire fresh and current information. One of the top conferences in the healthcare industry is the Healthcare Analytics Summit.  Thousands of attendees come from all over the United States every year to learn cutting-edge ways to apply analytics in the healthcare industry and to hear industry leaders speak. Also if you are a speaker or research attending a conference to present your work is also a huge plus for your career. On the outset, the conference should provide visibility to you and your research work, creating an opportunity for feedback. The opinion of leading scientists in the field is vital to improve and strengthen your research prior to manuscript publication.

The academic conference should provide opportunities to network with peers and key researchers in the field. These provide a platform to develop future collaborations with fellow researchers as well. Before you choose a conference to attend, do the following:

Do the Background Research

In order to gain an insight, start by asking active researchers and practitioners in your field about available conferences they recommend. It is important to evaluate key reasons to attend a conference apart from its scientific credibility. Ensure that the conference suits your research work and coincides with your time and availability.

Re-check authenticity of the host organization to avoid predatory conferences that merely make money off researchers. For instance, established conferences in the neurosciences and cardiology may provide a general overview of existing professional platforms for research dissemination. The initial search should enable you to narrow down specific conference, based on scientific niche, industry niche and impact for your work. Online search tools can also allow you to refine your search by discipline.

Have Set Goals

Once you select the conference, start planning your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Look through the conference website and choose which seminars or workshops you want to attend. This will help you best distribute your time and resources. Also, find out if there will be opportunities for one on one coaching or small groups. If you intend on presenting your research paper or speaking at the conference, prepare to submit your research by following up on the submission guidelines well in advance. Popular and high-impact conferences require an abstract submission more than 6 months ahead of the proposed conference date. The abstract submission guidelines will be available on the website, for a peer-review based selection process. The abstract should adhere to word count limitations, scientific specifications and keywords for its acceptance as a poster/vocal presentation. Based on the years of work completed and cross-disciplinary collaborations, several aspects of interest may exist for presentation. Choose the work you intend to deliver to your target audience, based on the stage of completion. Comply with guidelines for abstract or conference proceedings and submit by the due deadline.

Travel Grants and Budgets

Most conferences allow junior scientists to apply for a travel grant, in the event of abstract acceptance for presentation. Prior to submitting your abstract, however, verify the costs and identify your funding sources. Conferences located overseas and interstate will have added expenses for travel, including airfare and hotel accommodation. Consider in advance, if budget allocations for research travel align with the expenses for your selected destination. Also, find out from your company if they can sponsor you to attend the conference.

Register on Time

Once you have aligned your research work with an established scientific conference and verified funding sources, register for the conference. Registration is available for scientists via the official conference website, as a professional member of the host organization. Depending on the organization, the registration process may be free or based on a small fee.

Handy with these tips, you should be well on your way to being prepared to attend your conference of choice. If it’s your first conference or your first time presenting at a conference, do not panic but be rest assured that if you are well prepared, it will go smoothly.

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