[Coral-List] 12th ICRS registration fee query

Kristen Marhaver pipetteupanddown at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 15:17:49 EDT 2011

Dear Coral List,

I worry that the cost of ICRS (now and in the past) is driving away
the resource managers and conservation practitioners we so desperately
need to communicate with at these meetings. Perhaps as a community, we
should start working on ways to decrease the cost of future meetings
for those outside of academia. I would be more comfortable paying US
$995 if I was helping a marine park manager attend. Western Society of
Naturalists does a terrific job of raising money year-round (and
during the tequila auction) to offset the cost of student travel. I
suggest we show our dedication to communication and conservation as
least as strongly as WSN shows its commitment to student

I am also interested to hear whether speakers at past or upcoming ICRS
meetings receive honorariums, and at what rate.

Best regards,


Kristen Marhaver
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, Merced

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM, Ernesto Weil <eweil at caribe.net> wrote:
> 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?
> EW
> -----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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