The feedback has been excellent and another milestone has been passed - for the first time in the history of the World, the European Gastroenterology Society meeting has overtaken the DDW meeting in size and scope.
The Postgraduate Course on Saturday and Sunday was very well attended. I have been told that the format will change a little next year with the afternoons having more, smaller “breakout sessions”.
The tandem talks have also been well received. Preparation is particularly important with these as ideally, the two presenters should liaise closely and try to merge their respective talks into a single coordinated delivery.
The new stuff has also been great. The live feed on the UEG Week is fantastic (first proposed by me in 2010). There were some teething problems but after “boosters” were put in to allow more internet traffic, the signal has been stable and more people have been able to patch in with their smartphones and tablets. The ClipCube video clips have been hilarious and a welcome contrast to serious academia. The Conference App has been good although I am missing a “Right Now” button to show me what is currently going on in the different lecture halls.
All the talk of change and improvements in the UEG Week, is in stark contrast to our personal lives were we value stability and status-quo over change. I recently returned from a meeting abroad to join my wife, (I was a little late), at a party. Gazing across a large group, she had to be pointed out to me. Unknown to me, she had changed her hair, got a deep brown (spray) tan and a sharp new light green dress. She looked great, but the transformation left me a vague feeling of unease. The simple fact remains that when a woman decides that it’s time for something new, her partner/husband remains part of the old.
She addressed my concerns in her usual direct manner; “Bjorn, imagine that I have three options, boxes if you wish. Imagine that I really want what is inside one of the boxes but I don’t know which box it is hidden in. I choose box 1 but then someone shows me that box 2 is empty. Should I now change my mind and select box 3? Not sure if there were husbands inside these imaginary boxes, I proposed that she should stick with her first choice. “Wrong”, she cried, you should change your mind and choose box 3! The odds that box 3 is correct, is now 2/3 !
I still don’t get it but hopefully this is only true in our Professional Lives !