Very true. Many years ago, I was at an astronomy conference that coincided with the World Cup. Certain sessions were very sparsely attended when there was a big match on TV.
But I have to say the enthusiasm is contagious. I was in Munich at during World Cup in 2012 and it was a lot of fun. The beer gardens were packed with fans and families watching on the huge screens.
Originally shared by Bill Jackson
The World Cup. A time for foreign-born post-docs and PIs to disappear from labs and their American colleagues to wonder, “Why?”