January 21, 2008

Science Blogging Conference: Closing thoughts

(I know it's weird to have closing thoughts before the middle thoughts, ie. session summaries, but it's my blog and I'll do it this way if I want to ;-)

As I said in my first post, the conference was truly a great experience. The sessions were mostly pretty good, sure, but it was the company that transformed the conference from good to great. I can't recall meeting so many committed, engaged people in one place at one time, all of whom were so clearly doing something they were totally passionate about.

So, I thought I'd take a moment to point you all to the blogs of some of the people I met for the first time at the conference. This is unlikely to be a complete list, as my memory is imperfect.

I encourage you all to check out their blogs and visit for a while.

In no particular order:

And, of course, tons of other non-bloggers too! I really hope to make it to the conference again next year, to renew all these acquaintances and to forge new connections.

BTW, if you're a blogger and you're reading this and you remember that we spoke at some length during the conference but I haven't listed you here, please leave a note in the comments. Really, my memory is faulty and I've just forgotten. On the other hand, if you're on the list and don't remember talking to me, well, insert humourous remark here.

Online participation page for links to session videos.


Anonymous said...

Neither neglected nor un-talked to...so just thanks. You are right - great conference and good conversations.

best, Tom Levenson (the inverse square blog)

Bill Hooker said...

John, it was great to meet you in person. With so many other amazing conversations going on, I clean forgot to chat with you about the Open Science wiki idea -- so I'll be in touch by email.

Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Very nice to meet you - in spite of that spicy chocolate :)

Anonymous said...

John, I think that I only had the chance to hand you your meeting badge but that we didn't have a chance to catch up. Thanks so much for coming down - looking forward to seeing you for a real conversation next time.

And J-CB, the zing in the Mexican chocolate pops is the reason they are called Locopops!

Anonymous said...


Great to meet you too. It was a very stimulating meeting. The "corridors" were as interesting, sometimes more, than the sessions themselves.

John Dupuis said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. The conversation continues!

For those that are interested, JC's comment refers to a possible allergic reaction to the spicy chocolate in the locopop.

Salman Hameed said...

hi John,

It was very nice to meet you. But, with the Gaints-Patriots Superbowl looming, I think now its going to get personal! :)

Hope to see you at another conference.

John Dupuis said...

Thanks Salman, yes, I'm looking forward to renewing all my newfound friendships next year.

As for the big game, to quote the great philosopher, "Of course you realize, this means war!"