S11: Failure: The Greatest Teacher
The vast majority of scientific literature and conference talks report positive results, but there’s a lot to be learned from negative results as well. This symposium offers an opportunity for people to discuss their great ideas that didn’t work out for one reason or another and potentially get suggestions, point out some hidden law of physics that they had overlooked, or simply tell a story of the forensic work behind WHY something didn’t work out in case it inspires spinoff ideas. Speakers and audience alike are encouraged to check their egos at the door and engage in a frank and friendly discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Geoff Brennecka, Sandia National Laboratories, USA