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Scientific conferences are opportunities to share the latest research, amid a whirlwind of new ideas, data, and connections. The chance to meet new researchers and students, and interact face-to-face, is invaluable and it is why attendees and organizers alike are willing to invest their precious time and resources. Because so many great minds are all in the same place at the same time, scientific conferences also present an opportunity for scientists to share their work with the wider world.
One of the main purposes of a conference is to communicate science, but mostly with others in your field or society. Meetings can also be traditional launching points for new projects and big announcements, and most conferences now host press registration and briefings. At COMPASS, we recognize the potential of conferences to facilitate the meeting of many different kinds of minds and different ways to communicate, but this usually requires breaking traditional molds. In July 2014, for example, our opening plenary, “Conservation Tapas: Small Bites of Big Conservation Issues” for the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) introduced 25 journalists attending the meeting. Shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage, the journalists faced the conference participants: a powerful reminder that the world was indeed watching.