[Coral-List] 12th ICRS registration fee query

Ernesto Weil eweil at caribe.net
Thu Jul 14 13:53:38 EDT 2011

Bob and colleagues, with these fees, not only a VERY few, or no students,
will be able to attend, but also very few faculty, especially those coming
from the Caribbean and the developing countries. Attendance for a single
person traveling from the Caribbean could probably run around US $ 5,000
including registration, air fare (high season), hotel and per-diem. This
could probably leave 90% of the coral reef and oceanographic researchers
from this region without any chance of attending. Very few would have
budgeted such a high amount for a single meeting attendance in their
research proposals. I budgeted $ 3,500 and had to strongly justify it to the
agency, so now, there is a chance of not been able to attend. What is the
justification for this significant increase in registration fees?? Was this
discussed when our colleagues from Australia presented their proposal?? What
would the fees be four years from 2012?



-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Robert Ginsburg
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:10 PM
To: Paul Jones; coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] 12th ICRS registration fee query

Thanks Paul  for the  bad news  from  down-under.  Paul  and  
colleagues  how  sad  that only a few students   will  be  lucky  
enough   to  find
funds.  Maybe  we should  consider organizing our  own  meeting in
2014  with  a focus  on  student  participation?

Robert  Ginsburg

On 7/12/2011 7:02 PM, Paul Jones wrote:
> Dear listers,
> I received a brochure today for the 12th International Coral Reef 
> Symposium, to be held in Cairns, Australia in July 2012.  I am 
> saddened to say that while my enthusiasm for attending the event 
> remains high, my probability of participation took a bit of a nose dive
once I saw the registration fees.
> Four years ago, in Fort Lauderdale, the early bird registration fees 
> were:
> Member/Non-member  - $495 / $545
> Student member/non-member - $275 / $295
> For the 12th ICRS, the early bird fees are (converted to US$ for 
> correct comparison):
> Member/Non-member
> -  $995 / $1050
> Student  -  $700
> At a time when funding is tight and grants are scarce, I am a little 
> disheartened to see that the registration fees have doubled (and 
> almost tripled for students). Obviously I have never been involved in 
> organizing an event such as this, but does anyone have any information 
> as to why the fee is so high this time?
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