Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Conference preparations

In a little over a week, I will be packing up for a week in Leicester, England, for a conference on white dwarf stars. I'm not quite ready, so I need to bust my buns to get things prepared.

Conferences are one of the big events in a research astronomer's life, next to collecting data and writing papers. Astronomers from all over the world who work on a particular subject converge on the conference location to discuss their current research. Conferences are a chance to catch up with old friends, to learn what other people are working on, and to make new acquaintances and start new research projects.

One important part of science is the free trade of information, and this is facilitated by these conferences.

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