S02E09: Conferencing

How do you get the most out of a conference? Jenny shares her survival log from a recent conference, Christina talks about her experiences of organising this type of event, and Kloe asks us tonnes of questions. We also unpack and discuss cleaning sponges and erasers from Preservation Equipment Ltd (PEL), and our conservation agony aunt muses about which skills are most useful to conservators.

00:00:30 News in brief
00:09:44 What makes a good conference?
00:21:31 Survival log #1
00:24:22 The virtues of buddying up and how to survive
00:28:15 Are conferences more expensive now?
00:31:12 Survival log #2
00:34:09 Networking can be OK!
00:36:43 Top conference tips
00:38:16 Survival log #3
00:45:10 Continued top conference tips
00:48:23 What should you bring to a conference?
00:49:21 How do you organise a conference?
00:53:39 Pet peeves
00:56:10 Dear Jane
00:58:26 Review: Kloe and Jenny unpack erasers and sponges from PEL!
01:21:20 Comments, questions, corrections: food x2!

Show Notes:
– Viral video: https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/video-showing-cleaning-of-an-early-17th-century-painting-at-philip-mould-goes-viral/
– Dig It With Raven debunks Instagram Life Hacks: https://www.digitwithraven.com/conservation
– Museum Computer Network YouTube archive: https://www.youtube.com/user/museumcn
– On Food Management: https://spnhc.biowikifarm.net/wiki/Food_Management

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Christina Rozeik. 

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Additional sound effects and music by Calum Robertson.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2017.

One comment

  1. dleigh527

    Thanks for a great canter thru the practicalities of attending and organising conferences. Three additional tips for organisers are:
    1 Make sure that name badges are printed in really large type, visible across a crowded room. No need/no room for affiliation etc.; that can follow from the conversation.
    2. Allocate 20 minutes maximum to presentations, maybe include some at 10 or 15 minutes. That’s enough time to say anything important. And be even more rigorous with time-keeping.
    3. Do allow enough time for questions. There’s little more maddening than the chair saying we’ll keep questions for the end and then they don’t happen. Put question time into the programme and stick to it.

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