1st Day of ICL & My Lecture

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Welcome to ICL

Since the bus would arrive near my hotel at 8:10 am for transport to the convention center, I got up quite early in the morning around 6 am. As the northeast tip of Brazil sits in an area where the time zone boundary curves around it, the sun seems more like 7 am this time of the morning. People are already out and about jogging, riding bikes, walking pets and such. I had plenty of time to enjoy a hearty breakfast, shower and sit for a while on my balcony deck. My lecture was scheduled for the afternoon, so I was mulling it around in my mind, but would have some time for final review at the convention center. Basically, the only way to the convention center (aside from a taxi) is to take the arranged conference buses. Once at the convention center, one is basically stuck there all day for around 12 hours, until the buses return late in the evening, as it is many Km from the strip of hotels and the beach.

Delivering my lecture

The official name of the convention center is Centro de Convenções João Pessoa. It is situated in the middle of nowhere, with some trees surrounding it and the ocean nearby. The participants were all basically confined here for the day. This can be a good thing as it keeps everyone in one place for more interactions, but has the downside is that one can not go back to the hotel to relax during lunch break or in skipping a session here and there. Lunch would be served here (for a price) and there would be breaks with snacks and drinks during the day. Wifi is also available here for a convenience and do some work related business during the meeting. The morning sessions began with the usual speeches by the local chair of the meeting, welcoming the participants, sharing some introductory info on logistics, history and topics of the meeting.

The place to hang out between lectures
This is the rather standard kickoff to a conference, sometimes entertaining with chairs who are good speakers, which was the case here. I attended lectures during the day, had some conversations with colleagues/friends, enjoyed the variety of snacks and beverages offered during the breaks, and made some final preparations to give my lecture. I gave a talk on the subject "Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy of Pr-doped Materials" in the main ballroom. It went quite good, was well received, and a few interesting questions were fielded during the Q&A period. I also had a few participants seek me out to discuss my work after the lecture. This is always a good sign when people show extended interest after the lecture. There were more lectures. The conference proceeded with lectures to attend and a poster session in the early evening. There was a small concert at the convention center in the evening with some local music that was festive and lively. I arrived back at the hotel rather late and these would be some long days indeed. My lecture was done and I could now relax and enjoy the rest of the conference without having to worry about that. I slept quite well that night.

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Welcome to ICL
Welcome to ICL
Delivering my lecture
Delivering my lecture
The place to hang out between lect…
The place to hang out between lec…
Entrance to Convention Center via …
Entrance to Convention Center via…
ICL banner
ICL banner
Local Chair - Prof. Oscar Malta
Local Chair - Prof. Oscar Malta
Local Chair - Prof. Oscar Malta
Local Chair - Prof. Oscar Malta
ICL Chair - Prof. Andries Meijerink
ICL Chair - Prof. Andries Meijerink
ICL Staff
ICL Staff
Hanging out reviewing my lecture s…
Hanging out reviewing my lecture …
Delivering my lecture - Opening sl…
Delivering my lecture - Opening s…
Delivering my lecture
Delivering my lecture
Delivering my lecture - Ending sli…
Delivering my lecture - Ending sl…
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Quiet moments - after my lecture
Convention center observation tower
Convention center observation tower
Convention center walkway
Convention center walkway
A band played for entertainment to…
A band played for entertainment t…
Orchestra music, but with some loc…
Orchestra music, but with some lo…
Nearing sunset - ready to go back …
Nearing sunset - ready to go back…
Cabo Branco at night
Cabo Branco at night
Beach at night
Beach at night
Beach at night
Beach at night
Beach at night
Beach at night
Joao Pessoa
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