As you all know, the annual meetings of the academic scientific societies are a great place to interact with the Program Staff of your most relevant NIH Institutes and Centers. The past few years of budget flatlines, some concern over junketeering in other Government agencies and most painfully the sequester has already had an impact.
It isn't only the Program Staff either. Many of you will have colleagues, as I do, that work at various federal research installations including the NIH Intramural Research programs of each IC. Their travel has been restricted as well.
The government shutdown comes at a bad time for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience which is scheduled for November 9-13, 2013.
@inbabyattachmode just alerted me to the first sign of doom.
A satellite meeting hosted by NIDA has been cancelled.
NIDA SfN Mini-Convention
Friday, November 8, 2013
Belt up, scientists. This ride is getting bumpy.