About Kevin Heng
Here is the list of feedback compiled from a combination of speaking to participants privately, listening to coffee/tea discussions and Twitter. Be warned that some of the entries are contradictory, precisely because there is no agreement on some issues. This list was emailed to Thomas Henning right after Exoplanets II in preparation for Exoplanets III.
Allow prorated registration for parents with kids to attend only part of conference
Manage balance between number of students versus senior folks wrt early registration
Improve gender balance of speakers
Consider mix of main stage versus breakout sessions
Allow for a long break (~3 hours) in the afternoon
Consider live video streaming
Coffee / interaction area needs room with better acoustics
Clarify embargo policy
Name on both sides of badge
Deferred payment of registration for NASA employees or individuals in need of aid
Keep structure of session chair (SOC) and assistant session chair (LOC)
Keep free water bottles
Curated poster sessions each day, where each session is on a coherent theme and introduced in the plenary by a curator (SOC member or senior person) during the main plenary.
Curator picks several posters for 1-minute “elevator pitches”
Avoid splinters / breakout sessions
Longer lunch breaks!
Keep end-of-day drinks to encourage interactions
More snacks during coffee/tea breaks.