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Recently been invited to give a talk at a congress?

Recently been invited to give a talk at a congress?
Jurg Gertsch - Fri Oct 28, 2011 @ 04:57PM
Comments: 9

I remember those times when spam (unsolicited bulk emails) was limited to product selling, ranging from titanium fake watches, rather obscure agents to increase strength or health, free loans and morgages from Nigeria, cheap but nonetheless original Dior perfumes, designer bags, new parnters, and unnecessary software or even research antibodies. It was relatively easy to delete or block those from your inbox and declare it as spam. More recently it is the invitations to be a member in the editorial board of obscure new scientific journals, to participate in the editing of a book, or to publish an article in the WORLD journal of international biochemicophysicalneuroimmunologicalecologicalstructuralbiology, whatsoever. In India alone apparently every week one new online journal is born. At the same time, one new store of research products (they buy them cheap and sell them expensive) is openend. At universities we have obviously become the target of a new kind of spam!

The worst of all however are the invitations from BITs or ICDDT on "hot topics" of all sorts of research topics - usually they have 30% of all Nobel laureates (irrespective of their achievements) already invited and then lure you to participate in an event that is utterly unnecessary and most likely will NEVER take place (I wonder). Such mails are always declared as "conference invitation" with limited space. Invitation to my opinion ïmplies that you are invited. Over the last 2 years I must have received more than 30 such invitations from Chinese and Near East locations (Dubai seems to be a favorite place). There are also countless World congresses on drug discovery, molecular biology, ecology and genetics. Among many other such invitations, I have e.g. been invited to chair sessions at the 1st Annual World Congress of Molecular & Cell Biology. For only 2500 USD you can participate "for free" in this world-class event and of course, one should not miss it. Also, it is a great honor to be invited to such an event, isn't it? Thinking about it, could it be possible that such events have become a business oportunity for organizers to make business? Just yesterday I got an invitation to chair a whole session at the the 1st Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology. This is great, only that I don't work in this area, but that is a detail. Just out of curiosity I traced back one of the already passed "mega-congresses" in winter 2011, called "International Conference on Drug Discovery in Preclinical Research" which took place in Dubai in February 7-10th 2011. You will not be surprised to hear that that conference never took place. Now I face a dilemma, if I declare all conference invitations as spam, will I still be invited to the real ones? Time will show ...

Comments: 9

Comments

1. Peter James   |   Wed Nov 02, 2011 @ 07:40AM

Totally true - science has become a great business and most congresses are not necessary as they only create costs.

2. J Smith   |   Sun Jan 08, 2012 @ 09:09AM

For the 4th time I got an Email saying "It is our great pleasure to announce the "4th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy" (4th ICDDT 2012) to be held in Dubai, UAE, from February 12th-15th, 2012, with Dr. Ferid Murad, Nobel Laureate and Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS as the conference Co-Presidents." and they ask me to give a talk ..., then you reply and then you get an endless amount of follow ups ... I wonder whether this is a spam machine.

3. Sciblogg_10   |   Sat Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:22AM

I fully agree - a total inflation of congresses and unnecessary activities, millions are spent on mega-meetings. I'm a friend of small meetings, e.g. specialized Gordon Conferences - where science is discussed! Like your blog :-)

4. Kulizer   |   Tue Jun 05, 2012 @ 09:17AM

So true - Science congresses have become a menace. I wonder who does research as all these countless congresses simply prevent you doing it.

5. Robert Z   |   Fri Oct 26, 2012 @ 08:21AM

I get such emails every week and since they keep changing their email addresses it is impossible to delte them or detect them as spam. I have now declared all ICDDT containing Emails as spam, you may try this.

6. D Harte   |   Sun Feb 02, 2014 @ 12:10AM

Yes, I recently received a formal invitation to speak at a BIT orthopaedic conference in a China. So glad I researched it online and found this page. I nearly fell for it

7. Anonymous   |   Wed Nov 23, 2016 @ 10:41AM

Is biochem congress a scam too
In texas next month

8. Jurg Gertsch   |   Fri Nov 25, 2016 @ 11:28AM

Looks as if Biochem 2016 is going to happen in Texas - maybe it started as scam and turned into something real ... strange that this is about "biochem" as it is more a mix of several topics, kind of weird.

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