So if Murphy’s law states that “if it can go wrong, it will,” then is his cousin the one that states “if things could possibly be incredibly frustrating, they will be?”
There are a lot of conferences every year, for all kinds of fields. In academia, there are quite a few, too, such that overlapping or back-to-back situations happen a lot. On the other hand, for the most part, I notice that conferences of the same type don’t usually happen at the same time. So technical conferences – how to manage a lab, stuff like that – are in early summer, then maybe late summer, then maybe in the fall. Management conferences – the big one in Educause – is in the fall, as well. But people who go to Educause are not usually the ones going to the technical conferences.
However, right now I am facing a situation where the Law School Admissions Council – LSAC – has started a new, senior IT-related conference called ESCON (electronic services conference) and is actually significant subsidizing attendance. It’s a big move on their part. This is law school specific, though, yet it’s also leadership/management related. Lots of admissions officers will be there, too, but part of the goal is to get the two groups together.
Now, that is from April 1-3. Of course, as Murphy’s Cousin’s Law dictates, while usually management conferences are going to be spread out, the ACM SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium, which is designed for those aspiring to be higher-level managers/CIOs/etc, runs from March 30-April 1. I have applied for a grant to attend – again, very generous and I would be incredibly grateful if I were selected.
But…c’mon. Seriously? One ends on April 1 and the other begins the same day? And I don’t find out about the SIGUCCS grant until February but I book airfare for the ESCON now, which means I might leave SIGUCCS a day early, fly back to the San Francisco area, then basically meet my wife at the airport to change the contents of my luggage and jump on a plane to fly back to the eastern time zone for the ESCON. And obviously if I get the grant I will go to both (I also have been wanting to go to the management symposium for a while now).
And yes, both are in a the eastern time zone, so I have to factor in minor jet lag, too.