Well, what was it for? It was more of a way to see what other people are doing, and what other people are interested in. If someone wanted to collaborate with someone else, that was the venue to see who would be a potential one to talk to.
Anyway, I realized later on that I had several projects on the assembly line at the moment. And when I calculated where it would take me, it seems that I have projects that are on-going or about to start that would take me all the way to 2011.
How is that? Well, right now, we are at the end of 2009. I just finished an experiment that I am conducting in collaboration with a faculty member here in the department. We are currently writing an abstract for it, and hopefully, if this abstract gets accepted, we may be able to present it to a conference in New York City in March 2010. This project is not yet over, however, so we are currently designing follow-up studies and hopefully, we would be able to conduct this in time for another conference in Chicago in April 2010.
I have another project with a fellow graduate student, and this is the project that concerns the experiments that I am currently running at this moment. We hope to gather enough data so that we can write up the results in time for a third conference, this time in York, in the United Kingdom. This conference will be in July 2010.
What else? I have my experiments of my own for my dissertation, and well, I don't know what conferences are appropriate for me to present my work yet.
Finally, I have another project that hasn't started yet, which is another collaborative project with another graduate student. If this kicks in, there is an appropriate conference for our research. This will be held in Santiago de Chile, in July 2011. I do think that we have more than enough time to get our act together in time for this event.
So there, there are plenty of things scheduled ahead. It is exciting, and hopefully they all materialize.