As most academics know, your own work and time are more important than anyone else’s. That truth is particularly important to bear in mind at academic conferences. This 11-point guide (you’re worth more than 10) explains how self-respecting selfish scholars should conduct themselves at such events.


  1. Book your travel wisely
  2. Keep hydrated
  3. Pick a good seat
  4. Make the most of your questions
  5. Be selective
  6. Panel-surf
  7. Multitask
  8. Share the benefits of your expertise
  9. Take your time
  10. Read, don’t ‘speak’
  11. Remember why you’re there

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