As the lab has been growing in size it seems useful to describe the standard conference policies.
- Attending conferences is an important career investment. Lab members are highly encouraged to attend 1-2 conferences a year. Significantly more gets to be a drain on time and resources. Significantly less jeopardizes networking which is crucial for academic success.
- Conferences are most useful when presenting there. As such, unless there are exceptional circumstances, lab members are expected to present at conferences that they attend.
- Conferences are a way of getting feedback on a project. As such, each project should be presented by one person (generally the lead author) at one conference. If a lot of progress has been made since the last conference then the new version of a project can be presented at a new conference. Still by and large there should be a one project, one person, one presentation correspondance.
- Conferences are a way of socializing with other people/labs/ideas. As such, lab members should not socialize with one another at conferences.
- Please discuss any exceptions you require.