What a week! What a week!
Yeah, I am writing this post on the (low cost) flight that is taking me back to London in the middle of the night. From where (?) you might be asking…heheheheh…curious people!
Well, I have just left another of our fancy conferences. It was the 51st annual meeting of the EASD in Stockholm (Sweden). No worries, I am not here to auto-celebrate any prize or award being given to me, not this time at least! Indeed I had my agenda well packed as I had been given the chair of a poster session and the opportunity to share my first results of this MCIEF project with the scientific community through an oral presentation in one of the sessions. In particular, I was enlisted in the OP 29 The complex world of beta cell secretagogues session with a presentation entitled Diet-derived short chain free fatty acids stimulate insulin secretion from mouse and human islets. (http://www.easdvirtualmeeting.org/users/18568)
Like my previous experience in 2014, it was quite a challenge, again: 10 minutes talk and 5 minutes for questions. In general I am not really good at judging my own work, so I cannot say if I did it right or wrong. What I can strongly affirm is that, surprisingly, I quite enjoyed the Q&A part as I received some interesting advice on how to proceed further with my study. The inputs came from researchers of different institutions across the globe (in particular Geneva and Sydney), which made it even more important to me.
Indeed, I wasn’t the only member of my department attending the meeting, nor even the only one giving an oral presentations. I would like to mention the PhD students in the facilitated poster sessions, in the oral sessions and (with no offence for the others) our “crazy” Spanish colleague in particular, who did a superlative job in her very first oral presentation of her research career. Although she is still blaming herself for having a Spanish accent (too many “es” here and there), I wonder if you agree with me when I say that it is exactly this different accent that make us non British so damned interesting?!
Sometimes I can make a miracle just by using an “open vowel” English on purpose!!!
It was also nice to meet again with members of other laboratories…in particular I keep bumping into 3-4 colleagues from other countries at every conference I go to. The world is such a small place…or maybe this is a sign I am really being sucked into the Science vortex?
Unfortunately there was little or no time for fun as I had to anticipate my return to London due to a change of plans in my work schedule…fair enough: aren’t we always in juggling mode?!