Parents and participant feedback
EMBL childcare during conferences was first offered as a pilot project at the EMBO|EMBL Symposium: New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology in October 2015. Please see two testimonials below from conference participants that used this service, as well as comments from our conference community.
Folasade Muibat Adeyemi (Osun State University, Nigeria): "Having the child somewhere safe, close to me, gives me the opportunity to fully concentrate on the sessions. If not for that, I would have had to rush somewhere during the one of the sessions and dash back. But now I can stay here, ask questions, and concentrate fully on the events that are taking place, which has given me new ideas."
Sarah Shabayek (Ulm University, Germany): "The people are nice and it is very flexible. Of course having a good facility, lots of toys and going outside is nice, but most important are the personnel, and that you feel your child is safe. I don’t worry about her here, because I know there are people taking care of her, feeding her and helping her having fun."
Anna Yssel (KU Leuven, Belgium) "I noticed that you will have childcare facilities available for the duration of the conference. That is great, I hope that this will become the new standard not only for all EMBL conferences, but for all academic conferences. It was terribly hard for me leaving my daughter at home with her dad when she was just a few months old (and still breastfeeding), and it got only harder as she got older. There must be thousands of moms who experienced the same. This is a step in the right direction, making the academic word more family- and female friendly."
To read the corresponding article and the full interview with Folasade Muibat Adeyemi and Sarah Shabayek, please view our EMBL Conferences & Courses Newsletter.