1. Prepare in advance! Visit the FEST website and check out the program and how the thematic sessions align with your interests and/or work. Sign up for one event or many for the week of FEST. Make note that the BC Distinguished lecture will kick off the Scientific Symposium in the LLT at St. Paul’s Hospital, after which everyone will move across the street to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for breakfast and a full day of expert lecturers and fascinating topics.
2. Network! FEST is about exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge. If you are a student, FEST is an excellent time to network with like-minded students from other schools and organizations or to talk with leading experts. FEST brings together a diverse audience from many disciplines, creating a unique hub of expertise and knowledge. Registration numbers are rising, and FEST promises to be an excellent networking opportunity for all.
3. Follow us on Twitter! The Institute for Heart + Lung Health has an active Twitter account (@heartandlung) and will be live-tweeting throughout the event. Share with us your experiences via social media by tweeting #FEST2013.
4. Ask questions! Don’t just be a passive listener, be part of the conversation! Don’t be afraid to get involved in the session and ask the speakers questions and engage in discussion. Students are also eager to discuss their research and we have a great selection of trainee posters this year.
5. Stick around! Thursday evening’s reception gives participants a chance to unwind, connect and enjoy each other’s company. FEST is a celebration of innovation and research, so take some time to celebrate with new friends.
6. Contribute to next year’s event! Take a moment to fill out the feedback forms onsite and let us know what you liked and what you didn’t. What topics and speakers would you like to see at next year’s event? Are you interested in presenting? Let us know!