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NT08: Ninth International Conference on
the Science and Application of Nanotubes
June 29 - July 4, 2008
NT08 Feedback Summary
Prepared by Elisa Del Canto of Trinity College Dublin.
With additional comments by David Tomanek in red,
addressing foreseen changes at NT09.
Expect additional comments by the first week in August 2008.
- Web site and preferred abstract submission software
We will try our best to improve the user friendliness of the
NT09 web site. Please note that regulations regarding payment may vary
from country to country.
- Information was not easy to find.
- Some people found the "voucher" system confusing.
- Clearer explanation about the registration and payment
processes was needed.
- Getting the quotation for the registration was too complicated.
- Important information was posted too late.
- Authors with two affiliations had problems when submitting
the abstract since the system did not allow to add two
- There was a slight preference expressed for the NT08 abstract
submission software ("French", by Christophe Goze-Bac)
over the NT06/NT07 abstract submission software ("Japanese",
by Hideaki Mizusaki).
We intend to reduce the registration fees at NT09 with respect
- Registration fee was too high and the yearly increase of the
conference fees was considered excessive.
- Liked most
We intend to keep all this at NT09.
- Funny and helpful poster summaries
- Rich scientific program and reasonable breaks in the conference
- High scientific quality of the work presented and keynote lectures
- All essential topics in NTs and graphene covered
- Conference structure without parallel sessions which permitted
the participants to attend all the talks
- Saturday satellite workshops
- Collaborations between physicist, biologists and chemists
- Good opportunities for PhD students to give talks
- Excellent general organization
- Food was excellent
- Lunches, dinners and all the social events were perfect to
facilitate interaction among participants both socially and
for scientific information exchange
- City choice
- Liked least
- Poster session A, B and C were too crowded and the time given
was too short to appreciate all the posters.
We will adopt a system similar to Sessions D, E, F
at NT09. We hope to have a HUGE hall for all posters.
- Air conditioning was not enough during the poster sessions.
We were lucky to have SOME air conditioning in Europe!
The organizers have only moderate influence on this.
- Lack of order in poster hanging.
We will try to get a better system.
- Poster authors were not present at their posters.
In any given poster session, we plan to have
authors of odd-numbered posters to be at their poster the first half,
and authors of even-numbered posters to be present in the second half
of the session. This is not ideal, but probably better.
- Poster room closed when talks were in session.
NT conferences are single-session conferences;
priority is to keep on track with one session at a time. Security
may be an issue when the poster (and exhibit!!) hall is open outside
of poster sessions.
- Abstract book was confusing.
We will try better at NT09.
- Too many talks on graphene and Raman spectroscopy.
We intend to limit graphene talks to a few that directly
impact on nanotubes. See Article 5.1 in the
for topic selection.
- The audio system in the lecture room.
We can only do so much. We expect a good audio system
at the NT09 venue.
- Jokes about people during posters chairman oral presentations.
The jokes were unintentional. Still, if they do not help,
they should be avoided. We will try to do better.
- Improve the filtering procedure in terms of quality for
This is nearly impossible for 700+ contributions.
Who should decide? See Articles 1-2 in the
- Screen all posters on the same subject matter in order to
extract the highest quality works and thereby reduce the
number of posters.
We will limit one contribution per presenter at NT09
(see Article 2.2 in the
- Allow the use of figures in abstracts and the submission of
2 abstracts in a simple way. Also improve the search function
which is not satisfactory yet.
We hope to implement the search function.
Every presenter may cross-link graphic material posted on his/her
own web site.
- More involvement from industry and contributions from the
manufacturers that are currently producing CNTs.
We tried at NT08 already, but hope to have more
success at NT09.
- More synthesis, chemical functionalization, bio applications,
CNT-polymer, nanocomposites and application-oriented oral
We wish to cover the whole field of nanotubes
(see Article 5.1 in the
- Have short presentations given by young researchers, in the
form of "appetizers", in a very informal way and on specific
With 700 participants, Poster+ presentations would take
solid 14 hours or two days (see Article 4.3 in the
- Organize parallel poster sessions.
Sorry, no parallel sessions
(see Article 3.2 in the
But -- all posters should remain on display for the entire conference
(see Article 4.1 in the
- The conference should be shortened, maybe split in two
conferences by structure (graphene and NTs) or by application
(devices and chemical applications).
Graphene should be split off, unless directly related
- Invite some of the companies working on NTs to help students
and postdocs to make fruitful contacts.
- Organize a satellite on graphene instead of integrating it in
the NT conference.
- Half-half time division between posters and talks.
See Article 3.4 in the
- Sessions from 9am to 7pm are too long: people seemed very
tired in the evening.
Being tired is a sign of accommodating lots of
interesting information. The only viable alternatives are to present boring
contributions, or to cut back on information. We must find an equilibrium
for a one-week conference. Still -- NT conferences are no Summer School!
- Allow the authors to submit and modify their
password-protected abstracts prior to the deadline.
We intend to do this.
- Use a larger font size for the abstract book and organize it
with “by day” sessions for an easier search.
We intend to do this.
- Combine remote control and laser pointer into one device for
We will use what works!
- Provide nicer bags and two-hole badges to avoid their rotation.
We may print two-sided badges!
- Would like to see
- Choice of the best posters more understandable and transparent
for all the participants, not only for organizers. Poster
awards given only to PhD students because there is no match
between senior scientist and student works.
We will continue our quest to encourage and
reward best student contributions.
- Some summarized information from the chairperson poster
Participants should take notes! Poster introductions
should be posted on the web shortly after the presentation.
- All the talks available electronically during the conference
after the day of the talk.
Yes, in the best of the worlds. We need the speaker's
consent. Or -- speakers will omit their latest results!
- Poster PDF files downloadable from the web site.
We welcome volunteers to arrange this.
- Publication of the proceedings in a nanotube related journal.
"No proceedings" is an attractive feature,
especially to invited speakers. Everyone should publish in the best
journal he/she can find. Links to the publications can be provided in
- Exhibition of today products with CNTs and possible future
We always encourage exhibitors to participate.
- A preliminary program online in order to be able to plan the
travelling much better before and after the conference.
We plan to do this for NT09. Already now, we can
say: Satellite meetings June 20, 2009. Tutorials and registration
on June 21, 2009. NT09 program June 22-26, 2009. Conference ends
Friday evening. We also plan a
post-conference Tour of China.
- An English speaker responsible at the reception.
If this is not possible, please contact local student
participants for help.
- Posters kept during the whole conference.
Yes -- see Article 4.1 in the
- Satellite workshops not organized at the same time.
Satellite organizers are free to select time and place.
Most participants wished no more than one extra day before the conference.
NT organizers will try their best to accommodate special wishes. Satellite
conferences may then require a registration fee.
- Workshops abstracts available for NT08 audience.
We intend to have abstracts accessible to all right
after they have been posted, same as at NT06 and NT07.
- Conference organized in smaller towns.
See Article 6 in the
for venue selection.
- More parties organized by the conference.
Are you kidding? People are tired after the long sessions
(see comment 5.12).
- A centralized printing service to come poster "hand free".
Surely you can print your poster in Beijing, for a fee.
Or, print it on silk fabric and wear it after the conference (can be done!).
Or, chop it up into smaller pieces that fit into carry-on luggage
(I do it this way).
- One congress hotel where all scientists could stay together.
See Article 6 in the
for hotel selection. Some want luxury, some can not afford it.
We welcome all.
- Talks not available on-line even two weeks after the end of the
We will try our best to speed up this process.
- Time dedicated to chemistry was too short.
See Article 5.1 in the
for topic selection.
- The whole conference would benefit if some of the keynote
speakers devoted about half of their time to reviewing the
current state of their field and the recent developments.
Keynote speakers have been encouraged to do
just this. Even they are only humans! True reviews are presented
- The conference was too big with too many people and too many
posters (suggestion maximum 500 participants)
Expect a limitation to 450 participants at NT11.
At NT09 we wish not to exceed 700-800. Who can help us to decide
whom to accept and whom to reject?
- Excursion organization: some buses did not go to the caves.
This should have been an option and not an accidental discovery.
We intend to inform everyone ahead of time.
- The dinner conference finished too early.
The keynote lecture the next morning would suffer if
participants came home much later than midnight.
- Everyone wants to thank
- The organizers.
- The chefs for the excellent food.
- The chairmen for the fantastic job done preparing poster