On a runaway train speeding towards the broken bridge….


…is how it feels during the last couple of weeks running into the large scientific meeting that you have been organizing for 18 months.


For a clinician used to being in control of situations this has been an interesting experience indeed.


The jigsaw pieces required to fit into place to create a scientific meeting of >2200 attendees, 25 overseas speakers, three-and-a-half days of eight parallel sessions, over 700 scientific abstracts, >$1M in commercial sponsorship are many and varied. Thank heavens for professional conference organizers. Nevertheless, even excellent ones can’t entirely remove the sense of overall responsibility for the outcome and the overwhelming desire for everyone to go away either enlightened, inspired or perhaps just entertained.


I hope that we delivered and left the meeting in as healthy, or healthier state, than we found it.


Best of luck to the organisers of the CSANZ 2013 meeting (http://www.csanz2013.com)

  1. Trish Davidson said:

    I was enlightened, inspired and motivated- well done!

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