For the first time, and after a year and a half of enthusiastic yet hard laboratory work, my results were interesting enough to be selected for a first-level international biophysical congress.
It was just when I arrived to the Edinburgh congress center, however, when I became aware of the impact that this meeting was going to have in my career. Watching an overwhelmingly crowded opening lecture was almost moving – what an amount of brilliant scientists, what an opportunity.
My schedule was full of titles of lectures that I wanted to attend, often having to take choose one over another almost by flipping a coin, since I was interested in both equally. I was, all in all, very excited.
Before the congress I was already intrigued by the possibilities that molecular dynamics can offer to my research. However, it was during the meeting, after having listened to the multiple works exposed when I decided that I wanted to commit to learn some molecular dynamics to apply a distinct perspective to my research. And in fact, I am now writing this from Coimbra, where I am attending a course on computational biology.
The poster sessions were of great interest, were dynamic and offered an unparalleled networking arena. It was just in the first session, where I found a poster entitled Illuminating the Spatial-Temporal Dynamics of Lipopolysaccharde in the Bacterial Outer Membrane that drew my attention. The author of the poster and I, along with another scientist, had a very interesting conversation about the role of LPS as a bacterial defense molecule. The author kindly suggested me some simple experiments that I could do to tackle some doubts that I (still) have.
This is just one example of the possibilities that the poster session brings to young scientists such as myself. Furthermore, during the poster session in which I was demonstrating my work, I received a personal card of one researcher and the email address of another researcher who wanted me to send the paper of my work when published. I felt tremendously excited and proud.
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