This weekend I went to Hünfeld which is located at the wonderfull town called Fulda and participated at the workshop "Computer Simulation and Theory of Macromolecules 2009". And yes.. of course a lot of things always happen.. and this time it was not surprising;)
A few minutes before arriving at the village with my colleagues, of course I had to go to the toilets... so I jumped out and recognized that my bag is not in wagon 6... it was located in wagon 4. I should also mention that our ICE was 150 m long. Never mind. I got everything I need and after hitting an older woman (I'm so sorry about this) I stood at the station and wondered where my colleagues are. At that moment I saw a train and yes of course it was the one I had to be in. So Martin called me by phone and told, they were looking at me and winking*g
What shall I say? The next train would arrive one hour later. A few people stood there, so I talked to them and found out, they also missed this train and all of them wanted to take part at our workshop. We thought about taking a taxi, but decided to take a bus which would start driving in 2 min... so we hurried in. After a quarter hour I arrived at Hünfeld and yes it could begin.
So how did it actually begin? I didn't pay my fees... 88 EUR. And how much had I got in my pockets? 90 EUR :) I didn't know how to pay the beer in the evening but I should have luck... after getting my keys. No, they didn’t know who I am and give my keys out to other people but I was lucky. After having lunch and meeting my colleagues again... I went to the reception and he gave me a key for some kind of suite :) But I had to ask another participant, if he has got wrong keys. So I gave my key to Fischi and yes I just wanted to have a roommate because it would be better to talk to other people and get to know each other.
Some talks were amazing some talks very boring :) There were also two people who did same things as we do and it was very exciting to talk to them and get to know their opinions about many to many interactions and some parameters for e.g. Brownian dynamics. There was also one who worked at the group which developed SDA (Simulation of Diffusional Encounter). This was awesome and very cool to talk to this guy at the beer & posters presentation ;)
After the posters session, it was 10 pm or even later, we went to a pub.... and yes, it was the only pub in Hünfeld and it was full. But the most people were participants and it was very fun to talk to them. Hm.. some hours later I can’t remember every discussion;) …it was late and most people were gone.. in fact the waitress hadn't got anything to do and also sit down and talked to us... in fact there were some guys from Hünfeld with whom it was fun to speak to.. because they spent us a beer one by one:) Hm.. the next day.. ähm.. the same day.. we had to get up at 8 am and talks began at 9 am... but we arrived at the abbey at I guess at 4 am. That is, why the next day was hard:)
I wasn't even hard-headed to the breakfast. But after the breakfast it was better and the talks could begin. But most talks were not very detailed and from a scientific perspective of view very poor. There were also facts... which couldn't be true, because it wasn't even quite logical ("Nanoscale mechanism of snow crystal growth from MD simulation".... why are snow flakes growing?.. because of there geometry... but at which ends exactly?). Or some great simulations about the transcription process. "We understand this mechanism very well and there are 42 (41?) contact points which are important." Question: "And could you tell me the exact coordinates?" The answer just was: "Yes." Without emotion and if he got them in memory;) Of course, I think we do science which is not just simulation and look around what is happening. We try to understand the theory and physical background... these are things I missed in nearly most talks.
This day was long and the coffee breaks were also fun and an interesting way to get into contact with other people. In the end it was an enjoyment riding home with some new people because yes... there was just one train station.. and yes we had missed the last train which arrives one time every hour*g After this two days, I think, it was an exciting workshop and I'm looking forward to meet some of the people at our workshop "Molecular Kinetics 2009" in Berlin again;)