The clinical society to which I belong is doing something good, although I shouldn't sound shocked or cynical.
This is a small meeting, with no concurrent sessions. It has one session with 3-500 people, depending on where it is. There is lots that is wrong with this meeting, and the society. But, they've decided its time to recruit, welcome and bring more young people into the fold.
The presentations, oral and poster, are limited and peer reviewed. For the 100 posters permitted at the meeting, they (the ubiquitous they who run things) have decided that too many young, but good, folks get ignored. They have come up with a really good idea to enhance the poster session (posters are up the whole meeting).
They have assigned two senior people to each poster of a first time presenter. They are asking the assigned senior people (not all BSDs) to take 10 minutes to reach out to "our assigned poster presenter".
I think this is both really good, and kinda pathetic. It's good in that anything that makes senior people talk to junior (or new to the society) people is likely to be good. OTH, that this society has to assign people to do things that one should be doing in any case is a reflection of what is wrong with senior people in the first place. There are only 100 posters, folks. The posters are up for the entire 3 day meeting. There are three 1-2 hour blocks with time dedicated to view posters. As an aside the overlap between this meeting and SfN is very small. There is no culture of the-best-stuff-is-in-the-posters at this meeting.
What frosts my shorts is the response to the email that went out to about 50 people asking them to do this. So far about 20 people have said yes, but needed to "reply to all" to make sure we all knew that they were going to do this. Yes, my dear senior jackass, you are important enough to be asked, and of course, you are wonderful enough to deign to give your time to the poor, unwashed starving children who need your charity.
In a day and age where the interactions among generations is highly visible and more contentious than in the past, anything that is a positive step should be welcomed. But I am concerned this is just a Band-Aid over an arterial wound. I don't doubt that people organizing this truly want to help and to build this society. There ought to be more.