What Is a Scientific Conference?

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With so many research groups across the world, it can be difficult for scientists to keep on top of the latest developments and findings. As well as publishing in journals (such as Nature or Science), researchers communicate their results at scientific conferences. These range in size from small, specialist meetings of about 20 people, to huge international events attended by thousands. So what exactly happens at these gatherings?

In this Catalyst article, Caroline Wood reports from the 37th meeting of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), held in July 2013 in Birmingham.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2013, Volume 24, Issue 2.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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