[Coral-List] ICRS registration deadlines

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Mon Feb 23 15:04:07 EST 2004

Being involved in organizing a series of 6 sessions in Okinawa, I 
understand a bit more about the need for the timing of the deadlines.  A 
meeting was held at the start of February to determine a number of 
factors related to the submissions and word is now going to the session 
organizers to let them know how many presentations are in each.  The 
session organizers should now be finalizing arrangements and you should 
all hear from your session chairs soon.


David Glassom 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 writing 
>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 smoothly 
>than in Bali, with fewer late withdrawals. But if the price of a better program 
>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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