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Conference fees anachronism August 8, 2011

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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In years past and when the economics were different, conferences put in a structure where those from academia pay a lot less to register than those from industry. Once upon a time, industrial managers did not care. But this is today. Companies have cut corners on everything and a high fee for a meeting on top of the travel and accomodations costs can kill the possibility of an industrial scientist going.

Industrial scientists are less inclined to attend conference anyway. This continuing attitude just makes conferences more and weighted to being academic affairs. That would be a loss for science because industry is where the research becomes development, where becomes applied.

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