Outlining the Hidden Curriculum: Perspectives on Successfully Navigating Scientific Conferences

Eduardo J. Caro-Diaz, Marcy J. Balunas, Lesley Ann Giddings, Sandra Loesgen, Brian T. Murphy, C. Benjamin Naman, Christine E. Salomon, Kevin J. Tidgewell, Jaclyn M. Winter

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Scientific conferences and meetings are valuable opportunities for researchers to network, communicate, and develop knowledge. For early career scientists, conferences can also be intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming, especially without having adequate preparation or experience. In this Perspective, we provide advice based on previous experiences navigating scientific meetings and conferences. These guidelines outline parts of the hidden curriculum around preparing for and attending meetings, navigating conference sessions, networking with other scientists, and participating in social activities while upholding a recommended code of conduct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1487-1492
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 24 2024

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© 2024 The Authors. Published by American Chemical Society and American Society of Pharmacognosy.


  • code of conduct
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • networking
  • presentations
  • scientific conferences

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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