I've been playing EVE Online for over a year, and the hardest thing about it is figuring out what I want to do with myself in the game. Even after I decided early on to join Ushra'Khan and devote myself to ending slavery in New Eden, I've not yet figured out the best way to contribute to that cause (particularly within the constraints of my limited play time). It is discomfitingly like real life.
So EON magazine has just put out an extensive EVE Careers Guide, in the form of the most elaborate PDF I've ever seen. It covers pretty much everything you can do in and around EVE. If you're interested in virtual worlds and simulations in education, it is worth a look, and would look good flashed up on the screen during your conference presentation. OTOH, I get the feeling EVE is considered "bad serious" by the serious games people, so it might not be a good idea.