This time I was in luck since the meeting was in Boston. Not being jet lagged or trying to sleep in an overcrowded hostel made wonders for my spirits. I presented my Single Cell poster the second day and had the rest of the meeting free to interact with a convention center full of microbiologists.
The Archaea session was very good with personal heroes like Christa Schleper and Sonja Albers. It is a rare opportunity to hear all available archaeal model systems presented in one session.
Opening speaker Ove Hoegh-Guldberg reminded us of the importance of our work with a status report of coral reefs in a warming ocean. Seen in his TedTalk: