Thank you for the feedback, Silvana.
In some ways, this reminds me of QI2009 which we just attended (nearly finished with your book now, BTW), and I am looking for more international conferences outside the US, as I find the diversity and opportunities for learning to be increased. My life and interests are interdisciplinary, and I have stopped attending some conferences that do not seem to openly value this perspective. No point in attending where I or my perspectives are not valued.
Additionally, as I am still a bit away from formalizing my dissertation (or thesis, as I am studying in the UK), now seems to be the best time to be exposed to alternate research paradigms–they may (and already have) spark new ways of thinking that can influence my research.