“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” Mark Twain
This is what I learned from the remarkable scientific community in the last two international conferences, I had the opportunity to attend.
The International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis was held in the beautiful city of Vienna where I also have the privilege to pursue my studies. Moreover, the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference on Biology of Spirochetes took place recently in Ventura, California. Both these conferences had two things in common, excellent science and the enthusiasm of dynamic researchers to learn, discuss and share ideas comprehensively with each other.
As a PhD student, taking toddler’s steps in scientific research, it was highly inspiring to present my results in front of experts in the field. Besides, the GRS for students organized by students was an outstanding concept. This enabled scientific communication in a relaxed environment between early stage and experienced research students to exchange their know-how in spirochete research. The career development session held during the GRS was of particular interest and included seven scientists at different stages in their career and from diverse employment sectors (academia and industry). The session focussed on funding opportunities for PhD students and postdocs to find their way in the extensive world of research and development. During the poster and oral sessions, I acquired knowledge about diverse biological aspects of the pathogen as well as clinical and translational aspects of the disease. This also provided me with concepts appropriate for my own research, leaving me with the anticipation that there is so much more to know and decipher.“If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein