The Plant and Animal Genome Conference claims pole position as “the largest Ag-Genomics meeting in the world”. Genetic modification of food crops gets a bad press in some quarters these days, so this gab-fest had the unheralded purpose of redressing the balance somewhat, and demonstrating how much good GM Food does in the world — not least by increasing crop yields and making sure everyone gets fed. Specific topics under discussion? Transforming Genomic Selection in Complex Plant and Animal Genomes was a big one. Leveraging cloud analytics for effective NGS-based collaboration for plant and animal genomes was another eye-opener, as was Breakthroughs in Microarray Technology a Comparison to other Techniques. The scientific case against genetically-modified foodstuffs is collapsing, noted some. Despite ill-informed ‘green’ opinion, the world needs more GM food, not less, we heard. But green is also the color of money, of course…
May 20-23, 2012. You’re serious? DDW stands for Digestive Disease Week? How am I supposed to react to a message like “Thanks for making it a great Digestive Disease Week?”. I’m supposed to celebrate having to stay within 30 feet of the restroom? In reality, despite the rather odd phrasing, these folks weren’t expressing their enthusiasm for the diseases themselves so much as promoting their growing ability to treat the horrible things. It’s just that sometimes PR flacks don’t read over what they’ve just written for the release… This is a pity, as approximately half of the attendees at DDW arrive from countries outside the United States, and probably don’t have English as their first language. They all seemed to know what hepatology is, however…
Apr. 18-20, 2012. The American Fire Sprinkler Association, (AFSA) is a non-profit international association representing open shop fire sprinkler contractors, dedicated to educational advancement and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. AFSA was organized to provide the open shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Members include contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and authorities. Currently, AFSA represents approximately 750 companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world. AFSA believes that the installation of fire sprinklers could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars lost to fire each year. Increasingly, public officials are realizing this. Those that say no are all wet….
Mar. 21-23, 2012. The Ground Robotics Show is mounted by NDIA, the National Defense Industrial Association, and it claims to have been “promoting national security since 1919″. Education and consciousness-raising are big aims: technical and policy symposia connect attendees to the core of the defense industry. Logistics, policy, combat, and acquisition form the main topics. Delegates heard from the movers and shakers in the field, and found common ground with peers who shared their company’s interests. Defense professionals from the public and private sectors rely on these programs for information straight from the experts and for making contacts in industry and government. Nothing to feel “defensive” about….
Mar. 17-19, 2012. The AAD is the American Academy of Dermatology. Founded in 1938, it is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the USA, as well as a growing number of international associates. The Academy offers a wealth of resources to help today’s dermatologists operate their businesses efficiently while meeting myriad compliance obligations and grappling with the challenges of Medicare and managed care. Public programs warn people of the dangers of skin cancer and other skin conditions, with advice both on prevention and treatment. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, apparently….
Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2012. Billed as “the Premier Electronics Industry Conference and Exhibition, this show focused on printed circuit boards, electronics assembly, and design. The program focused on game changers for the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries, whether printed electronics, nanotechnology, environmental regulations or new quality and reliability drivers. A panel of industry experts looked into the future and predicted shocks to the industry as well as new opportunities. A celebrity keynote from Captain James T Kirk himself, William Shatner, showed delegates how to “make it so”. Visitors were encouraged to “boldly go…”
Feb. 25-29, 2012. The Biophysical Society encourages development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. It does so through its many programs, including its meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. The Society’s members, now over 9,000, work in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world. The Society’s Annual Meeting brings together over 6,000 research scientists in the multidisciplinary fields representing biophysics. More than 3,500 abstracts are submitted each year, which are programmed into poster and platform sessions. more than 4,000 poster presentations, over 200 exhibits, and more than 20 symposia, this meet is the largest gathering of biophysicists in the world. Let’s get biophysical…