Could you describe your experience of the congress?
Jan Lundell, Chair of the EUCMOS2020/2023 Local Organizing Committee:
"The planning process of the congress was very interesting. We initially aimed to host the congress in 2020 and our planning process was already in full speed in 2019. We were excited to host the event in Finland for the first time – however, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic led to two years of successive cancellations. Then, in 2022, the war in Ukraine broke out so we had to cancel due to increased prices and people’s unwillingness to travel. Finally, in 2023, we were able to organize this live here in Jyväskylä.
Participants seem to be genuinely happy about the food, the location and most importantly, happy to meet each other face to face, this you can tell by listening to the vivid conversations they are having. It is even difficult to drag them out of the conference site in the evenings. The facilities close at 6PM and we saw participants move to the docks to sit by the lake and continue to discuss science."
Ermelinda Maçôas, Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon and former Post-Doc Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä:
"It has been great, the setting is amazing. This scenery is fantastic! Moreover, the infrastructure is top-notch. The congress boasts high-profile speakers and high-quality discussions. The program design ensures ample networking chances, including coffee breaks, poster sessions and lunches.
The social agenda also plays a role: visit to the city hall, a planned boat excursion and a congress dinner. All these occasions provide an opportunity to discuss science in a more relaxed way, often serving as catalysts for networking and collaborating among researchers."