The Organizers of ReConf 2013 just distributed the results from the feedback sheets. Participants had to rate presentations on a scale from 1 (very good) to 4 (mediocre). The best grade of all talks was 1.35, the worst was 3.43. I had two presentations.
In less than a month, the conference ARcTIC 2012 takes place in Bologna. The final program has just been published on ARcTIC’s website, and is divided in the following three parts:
ARcTIC symposium, that will open the event, discussing about innovation
from an Academic perspective and presenting innovation possibilities
coming from research.
Tech-pull meeting in which important industry representatives will
share their vision about the innovation challenges that could enable new
rewarding opportunities, as well as new funding channels for applied
research and technology transfer initiatives, in the next future.
InnoTech session in which two round tables will be held in order to
discuss good practices and intellectual property management in
innovation projects and experiences and challenges of making innovation.
"Raise your quality standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this, because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward."
"We all like our work to be socially relevant and scientifically sound. If we can find a topic satisfying both desires, we are lucky; if the two targets are in conflict with each other, let the requirement of scientific soundness prevail."
"Never tackle a problem of which you can be pretty sure that (now or in the near future) it will be tackled by others who are, in relation to that problem, at least as competent and well-equipped as you."
Not exactly new (the Challenge has been running since 1964), but still interesting: The James Randi Educational Foundation challenges people with paranormal capabilities to present them in laboratory conditions. So far, never claimed the money. Next time somebody claims to get a headache from cell phone radiation, recommend that person to apply.