Here’s what research looks like. Sometimes it’s better to have a relaxed venue, as an alternative to sitting around a conference table.
The first Systems Sciences Connections Conversation was held in Rosemont, Illinois, for 48 hours.
When “take your kid to work day” comes around, I flunk. My sons are used to seeing me work at home, at the computer on the desk in our bedroom. I go into my office once every two months to pick up mail. Thus, a trip to Rosemont, Illinois is a good representation of what research life looks like … at least when it’s a little bit fun. The Systems Sciences Connections Conversation was started up by five of us who decided that we were spending too much time running the society and not enough time on research. We all flew into Chicago — from the UK, New York, Hawaii, Kentucky and Toronto — to converge at an airport hotel to work out some ideas. On the Friday evening, since we were arriving on ragged schedules, I took advantage of the suite’s cooking facilities to prepare dinner.