We are real people!

For the first time since the beginning of PersonalizeAF, we have finally met each other in person (partially)!

In the words of a certain punk-pop band, summer has come and passed, and it is almost time to wake them up by the end of September. I am a little bit behind in my blog posts here, since summer was actually a very active time, with lots of exploring data, making mistakes (more on that on the next posts) and writing. But finally, I am back here to give some updates on my favorite month on the year, not only because it is my birthday, but also because it is when Computing in Cardiology takes place.

CinC was my first international conference back in 2017 and I always look forward to going there present my work. This time the conference took us to Brno, an amazing city in the heart of Moravia, in the Czech Republic, with a very interesting story and a nice city center to stroll around. In contrast with last year, I was able to be there in person, which absolutely changes the experience of being at a conference. Presenting your work in front of an in-person audience is exciting, and while this makes you a little bit nervous after so much time, seeing the people’s reactions live is priceless, including their feedback on your research.

Presenting in person for the first time in a long while. Who would have said we'd miss it so much!

Scientifically speaking, I learned a lot during the conference. While I got some updates from research topics I already knew were relevant, I was surprised by how many ideas and techniques I heard about for the first time. It is a lot of food for thought, and I am still digesting it and hopefully will make a new post soon about this. Here, however, I need to point out the real best part of this conference this year: people.

Of course, every conference has an important interpersonal factor, but this year it was the absolute highlight (for me and, I suspect, many others). Obviously, the best part of it was to finally meet in person many of the ESRs of PersonalizeAF. It has been now more than one year since we started working together, and it felt like we have known each other for a long time now, even though we were meeting for the first time. It is real human connection after so much time of Zoom!

PersonalizeAF people at the gala dinner of CinC. It was amazing to meet you all in person!

In fact, being part of a European network made the conference even more friendly than in previous years, since now I work directly or indirectly with a lot of the scientists who make CinC possible. It was a great feeling of belonging that I hope stays for the next years of our network and of the conference.

In any case, CinC2021 was a conference like no other for me, even though no unexpected poster prizes were received. My head is just flowing with new ideas, and I feel more connected with PersonalizteAF than ever before. I can’t wait to implement some of the things I saw there and including the feedback I received in my own project, and I hope the future results will be as inspiring and insightful as what we have seen in CinC.

In my next posts I will be talking a little more about this scientific part of CinC and, especially, of the Atrial Signals conference, which was organized by our consortium members in Karlsruhe and took place just last week. Keep tuned to our social media, Youtube channel and newsletter, as I am sure the other ESRs will also have lots of interesting experiences to share in the next blog posts. Until next time!