I remembered Computing in Cardiology (CinC) as a lovely experience.
CinC 2019 was my first glimpse into the academic world. I had just finished my bachelor’s degree and I was presenting part of my thesis in an international conference. It was my first conference, as well as the first time I was travelling “for business”. Paradoxically, CinC 2019 happened to be in Singapore, so the whole story was: “I am presenting my work in front of a multitude of experts in Singapore”. Of course, I was enjoying the full package.
But besides the formal part, CinC 2019 was also where I first heard about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship. So, I wouldn’t be a Marie Curie fellow myself if it hadn’t been because I attended CinC 2019.
And yet, I was rather discouraged to attend CinC 2021.
This time I was no longer attending as an undergraduate student, but as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Ph.D. student. Furthermore, the conference program looked great and the “Atrial Fibrillation” sessions were filled with outstanding speakers. However, the fact that I was attending remotely meant that I was missing a huge part of the conference, a part that I had enjoyed so much during CinC 2019. On top of that, my speech was pre-recorded, so my presence was only required for five minutes to answer possible questions. Something very pleasant about giving speeches at conferences (not that I give a lot, though) are the nerves before the presentation, the feeling that you are under pressure and the extreme joy you get after doing a good job. That makes you feel alive!
None of that was happening this time so I just wanted to get over with it.
Then, out of the blue, just before the chairperson played the video of my recorded presentation, I got the following message from an ESR of the PersonalizeAF network:
– Go Albert (heart emoji) we are here!!
That message made all the difference. Somehow, I felt I was there, with them, with my fellow ESRs.
As said before, the program was amazing, the atrial fibrillation sessions were superb and the presentations from the personalizeAF ESRs were terrific! They did a brilliant job.
I am really looking forward to reading other ESR’s experience.
Albert Dasí, ESR9
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