—from the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.
My colleague, the ever amusing Bruce Jancin, posted earlier today about the havoc caused by the volcanic ash cloud covering swaths of Europe, leaving attendees at the International Liver Conference wondering “should I stay or should I go?” Personally, I can think of a whole lot of far worse places to be stranded than Vienna.
But that’s only half the story. Attendees, presenters, and reporters alike at the AACR annual meeting have had to figure out what to do because they can’t get TO the meeting. To their credit, the organization has done a bang up job in trying to work around the dust cloud. There’s a web page devoted to what to do if you’re presenting or attending the meeting; the page also lists useful numbers to cancel those hotel and dinner reservations.
In true the-show-must-go-on spirit, presentations have been phoned in—-a live phone feed to the session with the slides up on the screens. Researchers who were able to get here have stepped in to present for their stranded colleagues. I can also tell you from observation that the press staff have been busy trying to hook up European reporters with presenters.
On the bright side, those stranded at home are likely encountering fewer laundry problems than Bruce.
—Kerri Wachter ( @knwachter on Twitter)