Fourth Floor Studio

September 26, 2007

Damn you, weak dollar!

Filed under: science — chris @ 1:25 am

A hostile exchange rate is a budget’s worst enemy.

These days, if you count in US dollars, this implies that only the most impoverished of third world countries are desirable conference destinations. I have barely managed to secure accommodation in the UK within my per diem reimbursement range – we are naturally expected to make our own arrangements as the conference centre does not accommodate all –  at considerable cost, which I must carry forward until the check arrives from Central in 6-8 weeks. I happen to have some money stashed away for rainy days and stupid conference setups, but really! How do they expect post-docs to lay their hands on a spare couple of grand for a booking?

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