I attended the XV International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of Mantle and Lithosphere Dynamics (or NetherMod for short) in Putten, The Netherlands from August 27 - August 31, 2017. It was a great week with lots of interesting talks, posters, and discussions. I met a lot of new people (some of whom had been on my to-meet-list for a looooong time) and saw a lot of friends. It really made me think that maybe (purer) geodynamics is what I would like to do in the future.
As I was feeling very inspired science-wise, and the whole EGU GD Blog Team was present at NetherMod, we tried to do daily blogging to report from the conference live. We succeeded immensely! We posted 9 blogs in 6 days, so well done us!
I initiated the daily blogging with Anne Glerum with a very general post indicating our intention of daily blogging (NetherMod Day 1 – Breaking the ice). I also edited two guest author posts by Manar Alsaif on karaoke and Ági Király on a typical day at NetherMod. Realising the amount of comedy that was not addressed in the guest author posts and feeling a bit cheeky, I started writing secret summaries of days 2, 3, and 4 & 5 at NetherMod. I wanted to tell the 'behind-the-scenes' story of NetherMod by including fun anecdotes, quotes, and an, at times, humoristic view on the conference. Through all this, I ended up gaining quite the reputation as a blogging fanatic, but so be it. At least people know my name now and it is very much true that when I start something I feel passionate about (like the EGU Geodynamics blog or the book club) I go all in.
NetherMod was definitely the greatest conference I have attended so far. I can't wait to attend it again in two years (fingers crossed I will be able to go then) and write about it some more!