After being awarded a travel bursary from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, PhD student Ann McMurray was able to attend the 5th King's John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference in April. In the blog below, she shares her experience at the conference.
Growing in popularity
I was delighted to be able to attend the 5th King's John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference in April 2019, having won a travel bursary from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
I attended the first conference five years ago in a small venue at King's College Hospital and was amazed to see how this conference has grown in numbers but also how it has attracted world leading researchers in respiratory medicine as speakers.
Discussing my research
The conference is run over three days. Day one involved a number of different workshops which were booked separately from the main event. The opening ceremony involved a series of short presentations entitled 'Science and story'. This was followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to view the posters, of which one of them was mine. I had the opportunity to discuss my international delphi study on defining near fatal asthma and it generated interest.
The conference has an app for the event and I had pre-selected the lectures I wished to attend - some of the content helped to reinforce what I already knew however other sessions gave me food for thought.
Recalling lessons from my time as a PhD student
On the third and final day of the event I had the opportunity to give a four minute presentation using one powerpoint slide - that was a challenge! Months and months of work into just four minutes! However I went back to the time when, as PhD students, we had a webinar with the three minute thesis winners and I was able to use a lot of his top tips.
Already planning for 2020
Overall this was a great conference - affordable, easy to get to and great for networking with other clinicians and researchers in the UK. I have already started planning my poster for submission in 2020.