14 August 2013


Good news, boys and girls, next month I will be heading to Leuven!

Yes, I am attending another conference, this time, it will be held in Leuven, Belgium. A couple of months earlier, I submitted an abstract to a conference. I am listed as a first author. And a couple of weeks later, I received an email from the conference organizers that my abstract was accepted as an oral presentation in this conference. How awesome is that?

That means I will be giving a talk. And I am excited because this is the first time I am giving a talk about a topic that I have started working on after graduate school. In other words, this is new stuff. This is stuff I personally supervised, not stuff that I have worked on while being guided by a dissertation adviser. This is the real thing now, baby!

Because of that, I am a little excited and apprehensive at the same time. I mean, this is my own stuff now, and so all criticism will be mine, and so there's no adviser to fall back to anymore. But I guess that's also a good thing. Anyway, this means that I have to start preparing a set of slides for this talk.

Perhaps given my propensity for traveling, the only thing I am regretting is the fact that I have already been to Belgium, and therefore I am not adding a new country in my country count. Oh well, sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't.


  1. Your academic career seems to be going very well! Congrats :-) Plus the traveling... exciting!

    1. Zhu,

      It is exciting indeed; I guess I am just gonna continue doing this for as long as I can, until they tell me that my work is not interesting anymore.

  2. WOW! You're the man!
    Bits and pieces of your academic path I've followed here and now you're on your own giving a damn talk. No wonder you got busy Dr. Dery. Keep them amazed ok?

    1. Dennis,

      Thanks for the compliment! I will try to keep them mesmerized as much as I can. Or else, I better be prepared with tomatoes. :-)