An industry conference in my field of research (medical) is being held soon. I am wondering is it typical for academics to attend non-academic conferences?
Several academics have been invited as keynote speakers but it is predominantly aimed at industry professionals. The talks sound interesting and relevant to my work and it would be a useful networking event.
There are no similar academic conferences being held that I am aware of. This is an area of research that is more active in industry.
However, the fees are very high compared to an academic conference. Is it normal for travel funds etc. to be spent on non-academic conferences? If I cannot attend are they other ways to make connections to industry? I am a postdoc currently.