There are 5,396 posters at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) here in Orlando. Intermingled with the exhibitors (something that no doubt encourages traffic to the exhibits), the posters provide a window into the world of current cancer research and the spirit of collaboration.
Researchers from all over the world present their latest scientific discoveries, what they may have spent 3 years or more years on while studying for a Ph.D or undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship.
The research is innovative, and what’s seen at AACR is often at the cutting edge and shown prior to publication in a major journal.
What is palpable is the energy surrounding the poster discussions as experts, thought leaders and leading researchers network and share ideas with typically more junior colleagues, and in the process relate their experience to the poster being presented.
In a world of fixed term grants, the poster session is also an opportunity to showcase research to those who may be looking to hire new talent to their team.
It takes six poster sessions over four days for the 5000+ posters to be presented. I’m looking forward to the exercise!