Esther Puyol, 2nd year CDT student, recently returned from a conference in Prague. Here she gives a description about her time there:

From 13 April to 16 April 2016 I attended the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging Conference (ISBI) of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. This year the ISBI conference that took place in Prague. During this conference, I presented my accepted paper entitled: “Toward a multi-modal cardiac motion atlas” in a poster session.

This was my first conference, and I was thrilled to attend it, but at the same time I was nervous about presenting my work in front of so many people and going alone without knowing anyone.

I had the poster session on the first day of the conference, and I was quite nervous before starting the session, but once it started everything went well. People were really friendly and interested in my work, and by the end it was more a kind of conversation than a speech. In addition, I had the opportunity to discuss my work with another researcher and get feedback on the current work, as well as new ideas for future work. Overall, I was very cheered on how the session passed and the results obtained.

After my talk was finished, I thought that the rest of days would be more relaxed, but it wasn't the case. During the conference, I attended multiple poster and oral talks related to medical imaging analysis, which allowed me the opportunity to see the current trends on medical imaging and to discuss with other researchers about our work. But, since there were a few talks happening simultaneously,  I found it quite difficult to choose the ones that wanted to attend, since all of them were very interesting so put me in a difficult decision to choose the ones that I wanted to attend. At the end of the day my head was racing with all the information that I received and trying to relate to my current work to take advantage of it.

As well as the talks, they also organised a student party to give us the chance to get to know each other. This was a great opportrunity to meet other PhD students and share some ideas as well as tips. In addition, we had a buffet with plenty of Czech food to try!

Furthermore, they organised some guided tours around the city; this was a great opportunity to do some tourism and discuss with other researchers in a more relaxed environment. During the tours we visited the most emblematic monuments and historic districts of Prague.

Briefly, attending this conference was an incredible opportunity to learn the current trends in medical imaging and discuss my work with other researchers.

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