I believe that communicating and discussing science is incredibly important. So, not surprisingly, I love going to meetings and courses. Amongst these, events organized by students are frequently under-appreciated gems: they are affordable, with much less naval-gazing, and much more lively discussions. Student organizers are usually extremely enthusiastic, who will go that extra mile to make the event a success. Even the speakers are often more motivated, because the ones you get on a low-budget, low-key event are the ones who do it for the love of science, and not for prestige. Finally, the program can be super creative, with items you would normally not see on a science schedule. Oh, and of course the parties. They’re generally great. (And the after-parties. And the reunions.)
Therefore, I would like to dedicate a section of this blog to student science meetings: the ones organized by students and the ones organized for students, regardless whether they are at high-school or university. The first post was about a Science Summer Camp organized at my old alma mater, the Eotvos College in Budapest. I have some more ideas about other events, but if you are a student and are organizing (have organized or know of) some kind of science event for students/by students – I’d probably love to write about it, and would be very happy if you’d contact me!