08 November 2021

A report from Neuroscience 2021, one the biggest poster sessions in the world

Monday, 8 November 2021: From the online meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, 2021 meeting:

“Something went wrong” error message.

Elizabeth West tweeted, “You misspelled ‘everything.’”

Neuroscience this year was originally announced as a hybrid of in person and virtual, moved to virtual (which prompted anger). Things seemed fine earlier today. But now it seems that almost everything on thie poster session today (Monday, 8 November 2021) is unreachable.

How interesting. 

This is a meeting I have gone to before, but was not attending this year. But now I will be watching the hashtag for the next few days with interest to see if things improve.

Photo by Rolf Skyberg

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Tuesday, 9 November 2021: Um. Day 2 of poster sessions do not seem to be going better yet, based on Ian Stewart’s report.

So presenters at #SfN2021 can’t share their screens in the new back-up plan zoom rooms - we’re having a poster session without posters

Maxime Beau wrote

Great #SfN2021 has transitioned to Zoom for a less chaotic day of poster presentations - apart from sessions where no host is there to start the meeting 🤷‍♂️

Cana Quave wrote:

Have you ever had the negative experience of presenting a poster in a busy session where nearby presentations interfere with each other? Well, @SfNtweets has perfected this negative experience at #sfn2021 by placing all poster presenters in a session into a single Zoom meeting

Maria Reva noted that there had been no announcement for rescheduling the lost Monday poster sessions. This came very late in the day, with an announcement that Monday posters would be rescheduled for the same time Thursday,

Scott Knudstrup delivered one of the best one-liners:

Curious decision by SfN to hire the guys that rolled out the Obamacare website

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021: The woes of the SfN meeting are covered in Spectrum News

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This tweet pinpoints Cadmium as provider for the SfN online conference. 

Apparently the Society for Neuroscience is offering a discounted membership for next year to conference participants. 50% off is nothing to sneeze at, but it would cost the Society nothing to say, “We’re sorry.”

Although it’s fair to point out that this is a minority view, at least one person said it was a “good” conference.

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