Asian Conference on Fish Models for Diseases

The distinctive aspects of the conference

Conferences nowadays are often large-scale and entirely or partially virtual. Over the course of several days, a multitude of topics are covered in parallel sessions. The choices for attendees are vast, making it impossible to follow everything. Social activities are abundant, yet many attendees are confined to social circles they are already familiar with. Young researchers often feel distanced from international luminaries, who in turn gravitate towards those they already know. Conferences predominantly take place in the US and Europe, resulting in limited participation from emerging countries in Asia.

This scenario contributes to the perception that such conferences are not conducive to fostering new scientific networks, leaving many researchers feeling adrift. They reminisce about a time when their field was in its pioneering stages, and conferences were intimate gatherings where new collaborations were born, and colleagues’ work inspired them.

Together with researchers, we explored whether there could be a different approach, not necessarily as an alternative to these large-scale conferences but as a complement to them. Hence, we envisioned small-scale conferences where collaboration, networking, and mutual inspiration take center stage.

This vision laid the foundation for the Asian Conference for Fish Models for Diseases, a conference that, despite its name, is international in scope, facilitating the convergence of East and West.

Key features of our conference include:

Intimacy:
Deliberately limiting the number of participants to around 100, allowing the majority to showcase their scientific work. There are no parallel sessions, eliminating the need for scientists to compete with each other.

Diverse Attendees:
A mix of distinguished speakers and young promising talents selected by the scientific elite, fostering the renewal and refreshment of scientific insights and applications.

Location:
Situated in Asia, inviting emerging countries from that part of the world to participate.

Networking:
Besides sharing scientific knowledge, the conference aims to strengthen and expand existing networks while building new ones. A cultural dinner event, which is included in the conference fee, therefore takes place on the first conference day,¬†providing an opportunity not only to acquaint oneself with the host country’s culture but also to get to know each other better. Through this experience, we have found that spontaneous new contacts and collaborations emerge, bridging the gap often present between young and established scientists. This approach seeks to revitalize the conference experience, offering a platform for meaningful interactions, knowledge exchange, and the cultivation of lasting professional relationships.

Sponsors:
Sponsors can significantly contribute to the conference with their knowledge and expertise. It is mutually beneficial for them to be acquainted with the current state of science in the respective field. Instead of isolating them outside the venue, we invite them to set up their booths within the conference room itself. This allows sponsors to engage directly with attendees, fostering meaningful interactions, and facilitating knowledge exchange between sponsors and conference participants.