From the point of inception, starting with the choice of
location, venue and dates, Mangosteen's
Cytokines 2008 will be
organized somewhat differently than
many conferences you may
participate in during your career.
We start not with a list of invited speakers, but with a blank,
flexible programme, containing as yet unclaimed
oral presentation slots that will be filled in the coming months
by dedicated researchers in the field who confirm an interest in
presenting work during the meeting.
approach might seem to be a little unorthodox - and perhaps it
is - but it works!
It works extremely effectively in creating
an excellent atmosphere for constructive scientific discussion
and debate, and it serves to provide a perfect breeding ground
for the initiation of a wide range of new relationships and
If Mangosteen's approach has one failing,
it is only that more interested researchers don't trust and
believe that such a differently organized meeting
can be as effective, and of equal or greater
importance, as a traditional conference. This only serves
to reduce the willingness of some excellent individual
scientists to commit their time towards
participating and making a valuable contributions.
This is a failure not of the approach itself, but in the
communication of the approach - it's something that we are
currently working hard to rectify - but yet it's a problem that
quickly disappears once word of mouth spreads and more
prospective participants begin to find and hold the belief that
Mangosteen's approach can work for them too. If you intend
to participate, please do spread the word amongst your
colleagues in the field, your assistance here is invaluable.
If you are interested in participating in
Cytokines 2008, but
have your doubts about the manner of organization and ultimate
strength of the programme, please don't believe the organizer or
waste any time reading further on - instead, please simply
contact one or more of the
participants from conferences in related scientific fields
in order to ask for their opinions on the meeting that they
attended - as well as on Mangosteen's overall approach to
communicating research between colleagues in both the developed
and developing worlds and on their experience in West Africa in
Please contact the Meeting Organizer
at any time, about any aspect
of the Meeting.
The primary method of communication for
this meeting is by email. Please email the
meeting organizer Dr. Anthony England directly at
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