Three things that are frustrating about conferences:
- Speakers that run way over their time. There was an invited talk this morning that was physically very interesting, but the speaker must've run 10 minutes over. The timer goes off - no sign of conclusions. The session chair stands up. No slowing down. The session chair whispers in the ear of the speaker. "I'm concluding." Followed by three more slides.
- Senior people that get your name wrong. Repeatedly. In front of a full room.
- Parallel sessions on nearly identical topics at opposite ends of the convention center.
- Senior people that do cite you, and get your name right.
- Competitors that do similar measurements that complement your work and are nice about it, and good agreement between the independent experiments. (Hurray! Science actually works!)
- Former students doing well in their careers.
- Good audiences that ask smart questions.