I am very happy to be almost on the road again... off on Sunday to the Keystone Symposium on "Cell Biology and Immunology of Persistent Infection".
This will be the first meeting I attend since the recent launch of Nature Microbiology and I am very much looking forward to it. If you are there, do come and say hello! The program is fantastic, to be sure. I like meetings that center around how different pathogens go about a certain process, which give a broad overview and often highlight previously underappreciated commonalities in the strategies used.
Not to mention the to-die-for venue, the Faimont Banff Springs hotel, which is more like a winter palace than a conference hall -including a heated outside swimming-pool (don't think about the carbon footprint)!
During my 8+ years as an editor, I have been at the site in Banff at least three times. It is a magical and extremely cold (!) place. I was once at -35 degrees Celsius, which is the coldest I have ever been in my life -even though I spent several winters of my life in central Washington State, which is also quite chilly. Needless to say, I was elated to find a way from the hotel to the lecture hall without having to go outside!