[Coral-List] ICRS registration deadlines

Marc Kochzius kochzius at uni-bremen.de
Mon Feb 23 12:38:04 EST 2004

Dear Coral Listers,

I fully agree to what David has written. The current procedure with strict 
and early deadlines really makes it difficult to take part in the 
conference due to the described problem with applying for funding. I have 
submitted one poster and registered already, without knowing if I will get 
a funding from my national science foundation. Also I need to give them a 
confirmation that my poster is accepted. Without that I do not get funding. 
I hope I will receive the confirmation soon. Every day that passes by 
without sending this confirmation to my national funding agency probably 
reduces the chance to get a travel grant. Therefore it is really 
problematic that one has to register as a pre-requisite to be considered 
for a presentation at all. In the worst case I will not get a travel grant 
from my national science foundation (for what reason ever), but I have to 
pay the registration fee, even though I will not take part in the 
conference (due to the lack of funding, at least to some extend caused by 
the current procedure).

Best regards,

Marc Kochzius

At 12:07 23.02.2004 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear Coral Listers
>I wonder if I am the only person feeling frustrated by the early registration
>deadline for this year's ICRS in Japan? Especially in view of the lack of
>formal notification of which abstracts have been accepted for oral / poster
>For many researchers, funding for international conferences must be 
>applied for
>as each conference approaches. Often funding depends on confirmation in 
>that the researcher will present a paper at the conference. It usually takes
>several weeks to a couple of months to hear whether funding has been 
>granted or
>not. Under these circumstances, meeting the registration deadline for 10ICRS
>was extremely difficult - impossible, in my case. I suspect the same is true
>for many other coral researchers, especially young researchers without large
>research grants and those from developing countries, to whom the registration
>fee, converted to local currencies, is a substantial sum.
>Funding issues aside, the early registration deadline also denies researchers
>the chance to consider their attendance if their submissions
>  are accepted as poster presentations rather than talks, which are often
>preferred.  This is especially pertinent since each researcher is limited to
>submission of only 1 oral presentation.
>No doubt the early deadline will ensure that the program will run more 
>than in Bali, with fewer late withdrawals. But if the price of a better 
>is a less inclusive conference, will it have been worth it? I doubt it, 
>but am
>interested in what other coral reef scientists think.
>David Glassom
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