Wow. With all those superlatives in use for reason 1 and reason 2, I’m beginning to worry that the excitement of those posts might have the whole set of “Reasons to go to NetSci” posts peaking too soon. But we have so many good reasons to go – and only a few days left before the call for papers closes (last day is March 15th), so there’s no turning back now. (If you think Jony Ive was laying it on think in all those apple ads wait till you’ve read all of these nine reasons.)
Reason 3: Brand new types of contributed talks
Ignite Session: While the traditional parallel sessions are great, sometimes you just want a bigger audience … to be heard by the entire NetSci audience. Well, this year we’ve added a new element, a session of Ignite talks, which will allow many more of you to reach everyone at NetSci.
The basic idea of the Ignite format is that presenters focus on the central idea/result driving their research using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. Getting through 20 slides in 15 minutes requires practice and creative thinking, but also results in quick, enlightening talks designed to draw out the essence of a topic. Finally, the Ignite event will be open to the public, so we expect a large audience with lots of visitors for Friday afternoon.
Young researchers session: In addition to the Erdös-Renyi Prize (read more about that here), NetSci also has a prize to the best young (postdoc or graduate student) speaker. This year we’ll pre-select six candidates for that prize who will present their work to the full NetSci audience in the main room, in a special 10 min format. We hope that this will allow the work of these promising young researchers to be seen by as many people as possible – and inspire the young researchers to give great talks.
Dont forget to check out the other posts in this series
And stay tuned for more good reasons.