Over the past year I went to the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference. If you have never been, it’s a sight (here is a link to the attendance until 2009 – where they had over 30000 in attendance). Also, the poster session is enormous and a labyrinth if you don’t have a plan. One good thing was that they had an app to help organize your schedule.
My question is: why not have the ranking of those that put a poster/session on their schedule for new researchers to see the “hot topics”? Also, the ability to follow who is going to what poster/session may help you see friends/colleagues or follow someone whose views you respect on the topics?
Obviously it’s easier to ask why they’re not there than to help implement it, but I think these would be the future of conferences, especially large ones.