The book provides a practical and readable guide to getting the most out of attending a scientific conference. The topics covered include writing an abstract, preparing and presenting a poster or talk, chairing a session, making good use of poster and oral sessions, and networking. Also included is practical advice on registering for a conference and planning travel. Aimed primarily at PhD students who are attending their first conference, it is also relevant to junior postdoctoral scientists.Different types of scientific conferences are discussed, together with their distinct roles in the development of a scientific career. After reading this book, a student or postdoc will be in a better position to make an effective presentation of their work at a conference and to achieve the maximum benefit from attending the conference, including promoting their work, learning about the latest developments and getting to know the key players in their field.