I have been discussing with friends and colleagues about the strategy to use to decide, in a research group, who has to go to a conference and with who. The issue is: if someone in the research group submitted a scientific paper to a conference, and it was accepted, should he/she go all alone to the conference, or with other group members?
Basically, I found two different way of thoughts:
1) since money is always lacking, and it is important to broaden the scientific discoveries and to have new professional relationships, only the main author of the paper should go to the conference, all alone. If everyone goes to a different conference, the team works will better scatter, and they will get more visibility.
2) since to work as a group, it is important to think as a group and, above all, to team up (if there is enough money), all the paper authors or all the research group should go to the conference. This way the group will team up and personal relationships between the research group members will strengthen.
What do you think? Which school of thoughts do you stand for?