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JULY 13, 2013


On getting feedback

Gretchen from the "TEAM" that organized the "Alternative Muscle Club" meeting has been working on an online form to get some feedback from attendees. Nearly a week has passed since we sent out the email. And its time to see some results. So far 15 people have (mostly anonymously) given comments and rated our meeting in categories such as "Content (depth and breadth)", "Location" or "Format (Poster & Podium Sessions)". While that represents only 22% of all registered attendees, we get at least an impression about their thoughts of how well we did. Well, here are some statistics:

Most of the people really liked the registration process (in big parts thanks to Gretchen - again - for her skills in generating online forms), the organization of the meeting, its length and the format of the podium sessions. However, we came short in connecting to the local biotech company participation and a little bit on the content it seems.
From the comments we heard that people really liked the local and informal character of the meeting, with a wide diversity of topics. On the other hand, some of the biggest complaints were the amount of the food and water provided, and that the venue had too little space. And to be honest, as outlined in an earlier entry, we were indeed a little surprised how many people turned up in the end. We tried to accommodate everyone, but with a limited budget, and a fixed booking on a conference room that you had to do 3-4 months in advance . . .

On reflecting on other meetings I attended - especially one (unnamed) that happened just shortly after the AMC meeting here in San Diego I have to say that we did pretty well with the resources. I do not know what (systematic) feedback you typically get after organizing a meeting - I actually never got asked after ANY meeting I ever attended - but looking at the responses to final question for the "usefulness" of the meeting, it seems like that a majority of attendees thought it was pretty darn good.

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