1) Shout out work of early career scholars.
2) If you see an early career researcher struggling to connect with a senior scholar whom you already know, broker the introduction.
3) Make friends with the conference virgins who are attending for the first time.
4) If there are folks awkwardly lurking in your physical orbit, make space to welcome them into the social setting.
5) When awkwardly standing in line for meals or the toilet, make human, non-work, phatic conversation if the vibe is right for comfort.
6) If you need to truncate a conversation and run off, don’t patronizingly say you’ll “catch up”. Earmark a next opportunity and swap contacts.
7) If a mansplainer is hijacking a conversation or Q&A, intervene but redirect the conversational space back to the original speaker.
8) Introduce folks with similar dietary habits to each other so they have company for specific meal scouts.
9) Smell out the stragglers, strays, lost and invite them to join your group/friends during meals/breaks.
10) If you are jobbed and can afford it, offer to get occasional drinks for early career researchers. It fosters intergenerational generosity.
11) Create backchannels to check in with each other. Swap R&R locations so folks who need a rest/pitstop have company.
12) If your academic friend has brought their non-acad partner along for socials, get to know them as human persons and not just do work talk.
13) Check in with each other after a night out. Ensure everyone has at least a friend looking out for them. Beep when you get home safely.
14) Take care of each other. We are all experiencing multiple feelings at once. Conference bravado and posturing is tiring. Be human.
15) Foster and protect your conference camaraderie.
Okay goodnight 🐧😴