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Dr Spouse

Conference season

I guess this one comes under Research.... How many conferences a year do you aim to go to, and do you get funding for them? Do you end up going to the ones you aim to go to?

We have one HUGE biennial conference in our field and I haven't been to it for ages, though I can't remember why - lack of organisation, paper not accepted, being sick, stuff like that. I think at least one of them was because of not getting the abstract in in time as it seems to be due nearly a year ahead.

In the off years there are a couple of them and I'm about to go to one (in the Pacific Northwest which is a good chance to go skiing afterwards but horrendously expensive). We also have a three-yearly one (tri-ennial I guess!) which is this year but in the UK this time.

I have been several times to our British specialist conference too which is fairly small and pretty friendly, but probably won't be going this year due to SABBATICAL!

But as for funding - our departmental funds will cover either air fare to some international conferences (not west coast N. America - just about east coast) OR most of a UK conference. I've had money from Royal Society before but even that's a bit stingy compared to the actual cost.

I need a research grant!
Dr Spouse

Back from that one...

Time to plan the next one! My current problem is funding - I used some internal funding for the most recent one but failed to get Royal Society or British Academy funding. I'm going to two in the UK - one small and friendly and one big, international, and only coincidentally in the UK.  It's very hard to get external funding for UK conferences I'm finding.

We get 350 from our department per annum for travel, with up to 225 extra if we present two papers.  This will just about get you to a US conference but won't pay your registration or your hotel...
Xiongmao

I agree most grants go to academics from developing nations to come to the UK, or for UK researchers to attend international conference outside the UK.

Mostly, because I'm quite new at the game, I use internal funding and then the rest comes out of my own pocket.
Dr Spouse

Xiongmao wrote:
I agree most grants go to academics from developing nations to come to the UK, or for UK researchers to attend international conference outside the UK.

Mostly, because I'm quite new at the game, I use internal funding and then the rest comes out of my own pocket.


I find this quite sad - friends who aren't academics can't believe it when I say I went on a business trip and had to partly fund it myself!
Xiongmao

Yep. I figured:

either

* waiting forever for external money (and having to fill in mountains of forms), and not attending conferences;

OR

* paying myself and attending anything I want.

I looked into applying for Royal Soc funding last year, but I wasn't eligible. That's the first, and so far only, time I have looked at external funding.
Tracy

My friend Catherine, ever the optimist, wrote this article on applying for external funding. I know this thread was started long ago, but maybe it'll help some of you find that second wind to crack on with funding applications  Very Happy

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