If you have ever spent hours carefully preparing a sumptuous feast only to have it eaten in minutes, you'll have a fair idea of how I feel this morning. After months of meticulous preparation, the 2003 Life Science Careers Conferences were devoured in a flash by three large hungry audiences of undergraduates and postgraduates. The conferences were chewed over in King's College London before moving up to UMIST and finally diffusing across the Welsh border into Cardiff. The students were given a menu of various career talks, and feedback suggests that the 2003 event was a resounding success.

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