Going to conferences is such a valuable experience for students, as it helps you see what's happening in your field, get valuable feedback on your work, and most of all, meet and interact with lots of new people. You're also a very important part of meetings because you are the up-and-coming contributors to the field. We're so glad you're coming! Attending sessions and presenting your work can seem like an overwhelming experience, so we've included some links with information about meeting strategies and how to prepare and present a strong talk or poster.
Early Career Presenters Review at DPS 50
Registration is free but required and limited to 10 participants, so register today. To help mentor early career scientists by providing feedback, or for further information, please contact Jennifer Grier or Christine Shupla.
General Conference Info
- Information for Students and First-Time Attendees from the DPS website
- While not DPS-specific, this AstroBetter post and this post by Jason Wright about attending your first AAS meeting have a lot of helpful info, as does this post about the AGU Fall Meeting
- More general conference advice from Astrobites: How to Attend Your First Conference
- Information about conferences and networking from the LPL Graduate Student Handbook
- Facing Down the Mic at a Scientific Conference: A blog post by Brian Jackson and Jani Radebaugh on how to ask questions at a scientific conference.
Preparing Your Abstract
Context/Purpose – Has past research been done? How does your research add to existing knowledge? What big question(s) is your research seeking to address?
Methods – How did you collect your data? How did you process your data?
Results/Conclusion – What did your analysis find? How does it address the big picture ideas you mentioned in the beginning of the abstract?
- Avoid citation references in the abstract.
- Avoid equations or special characters since they may not translate into the conference program.
- Keep it short. Most conferences have a word or character limit for your abstract — DPS limits the abstract to 2,250 characters (which includes letters, numbers, punctuation, spacing, returns, and symbols/special characters).
Preparing and Giving Talks and Posters
- Lots of links on the AstroBetter site about poster and presentation skills
- A post by Emily Lakdawalla on the Planetary Society blog about giving better conference talks