Last week, from the 22nd to the 25th of June, I have been to Canada to attend The 15th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA 2015). The workshop was held in a little beautiful village called Banff. I flew from Edinburgh 20th very early that morning, that much that I decided that not to sleep at all was a wise decision. After 20 hours of travel I arrived to Banff at night completely exhausted. Fortunately, next day was Sunday so I had more time to recover from the jetlag and the lack of sleep. I went with my supervisors to lake Louise, a stunning place that you can see in the picture below.
Then it followed three days of conference at the Banff Park Lodge. I was lucky to attend to a few very nice talks and to know about some interesting complex problems. I particulary enjoyed the presentations of the session I was also part of during the second day.
One of the greatest surprises was yet to come. I had to leave early on the 25th, so I missed the last invited Speech and the Conference Closing. When I was waiting in Toronto for my second flight back to Edinburgh my supervisor called me: the paper I presented at the conference received a best paper award. I was very happy to hear that, since this was the first paper I worked in when I started the PhD last year. And of course, this is a boost to continue doing research!