I am trying to figure out how important it is for a grad student to present their research at a conference. Let's assume the paper with the research is definitely going to be published.
- Does it look better to a potential postdoctoral advisor if the work was also presented at a top international conference? Could it be the thing that gives one candidate the edge over another?
- Is networking at a conference much more effective if you have a poster to refer people to?
- Is there any point in going to a conference without a poster?
To give you some more background, why I am asking is because my supervisor has said that I can attend a conference but they don't want me to present a poster (my data is too preliminary). However, if it was really good for my career, I would be willing to challenge them on this point. But first I really need to weigh up if the advantages of presenting outweigh the chance of annoying my supervisor. My other option is to not attend the conference at all, and instead delay going to one until I have solid results to present, but I'm afraid of missing out on this opportunity.