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Community newsletter: All about SfN Global Connectome

We dove into what people on social media thought about the SfN Global Connectome 2021 conference — and its virtual format.

By Chelsey B. Coombs
19 January 2021 | 4 min read

Hi there, and welcome to the Spectrum community newsletter! Last week, we spent most of our time at the Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome 2021 conference. We published more than 30 stories, which you can check out here.

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual social, too! We had a great time talking to all of you, and we hope you got to know us a little better as well.

Let’s dive into what people on social media thought about the conference — and its virtual format.

Postdoctoral research fellow Emily Rothwell, like most of us, enjoyed the more casual dress code.

Behavioral neuroscientist Becky Fallon was glad to be getting enough sleep during SfN, a new experience for her.

Graduate student Lyla El-Fayomi compared being able to attend multiple sessions scheduled for the same time to Hermione Granger’s time turner from the Harry Potter book series.

Many people had good things to say about the “Diversity Builds a Better Neuroscience” session with Angeline Dukes, Jibran Y. Khokar and Steve Ramirez.

You can check out our podcast episode on the topic here.

One person who attended SfN Global Connectome even noticed that there was a “strong presence of women.”

However, there were some drawbacks to a virtual conference. Some people lamented being unable to attend sessions because they were working on their research or otherwise occupied.

And @mariajoseoc2 said she missed the rush and the face-to-face interactions that happen during regular conferences.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend or watch all the presentations you wanted, you can still register and access all of the posters and sessions on demand for the next few months.

Thanks for reading this week! If you have any questions or comments about this edition of the Spectrum community newsletter, feel free to send them to [email protected] or tweet me. See you next week!