One year in INTREPID and the time to attend my first conference has come. When I learnt there was an International Association for Breath Research (IABR) and that they meet every year for their annual conference I was both excited and keen to attend and meet breath researchers in person. So, abstract for a poster presentation was sent around May and accepted a few weeks after.
I felt so excited that I was about to attend the first really important conference of my PhD years and also Vienna, which was a dream destination since I was a child.
Days passed, and the time for me to fly there arrived. The conference was from 14th till 16th of September and since there was a weekend before these days I found the opportunity to add two more days in Vienna and do some sightseeing.
Monday arrived and conference was about to start. The conference took place in Schloss Schonbrunn (or else Schonbrunn Palace) which was a wedding gift to Maria Theresa, Austria’s empress around the period of 1740s, and also where Franz Joseph lived, Austria’s last emperor and husband of the famous Sissi.
The first part of the lectures was commemorated to Anton Amman and his contribution to breath analysis. In all, there were many talks referred to different topics of breath analysis, like sampling, data analysis, medical diagnostics, biomarkers and so many others that made it quite difficult to choose.
Poster sessions were held the second and third day, with me presenting on the second day during coffee break. It was such an interesting experience to talk to people who are experts on the field of breath analysis, asking questions, exchanging ideas (well, it was mostly them with the amazing ideas rather than me!) and most of all getting inspired from them and their work.
Apart from talks and lectures we also had the opportunity to visit the Palace for a private tour and also attend a trio concert of string instruments at the end of the conference.
Overall, it was an amazing experience for me, definitely worth attending, and hopefully do so next year!