Never, ever, toss a conference attendee list

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Never, ever, toss a conference attendee list

Postby Dave Jensen » Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:53 pm

One of the best tools there is for developing a networking database is the conference material you bring back with you from meetings you attend. If you are a grad student or postdoc, you may be only attending one meeting a year. But as you get more into a particular field, you could see three or four meetings easily over the course of a year. In each of those, you'll make great networking contacts and you'll want to have something that can be used to generate the right contacts for people you didn't bump into.

The most valuable of the meeting material is, of course, the "Attendee Roster." If you get one of these, hang onto it. You'll find this to be very useful later in the networking process.

[With that in mind, if anyone has the attendance list from the "5th International Conference on Quantitative Genetics," it would be very, very much appreciated at my end, thanks ):]

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Re: Never, ever, toss a conference attendee list

Postby Dave Walker » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:25 am

Amen to this, Dave! Wish I could help you further on this one, I've been there! :)

I have had the good fortune of chasing down so many sales leads I met through the programs from conferences. Thankfully big conferences like AACR and SfN will distribute electronic copies -- I have an older colleague who still buys the paper version every year(it must be a 20 lb book!).

To others looking for the value in such a document, the data in them is more perennial than you might think. Research summaries, names, co-authors and collaborators stay relatively constant over time.
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