Richard J. Hughes
I was hoping to leave that honour to Dr. Szetchman, but a California sparkling wine would be appropriate since I'm in the Department of Pharmacology at U.C. San Diego.
I'm a research scientist (Ph.D. in Biochemistry) with a broad range of interests, one of which is communication. It is an honour to have my Ceilidh software chosen to support the discussion in this meeting. This is not an application that I ever anticipated, however, and I already note some problems. Principal among these is that although I usually have no expectation of seeing most of the people with whom I converse through e-mail or through forums like this, I do have an expectation of seeing people at scientific meetings. It might be helpful to allow people to include an image of themselves in their messages.
Can one actually "attend" an asynchronous conference? There are many issues that need to be addressed beyond the ones of copyright and peer review.
We need to hear from you. What do you hope to get out of this meeting and in what way does it fall short or exceed your expectations?