[Coral-List] 12th ICRS registration fee query

Sangeeta Mangubhai smangubhai at TNC.ORG
Fri Jul 15 20:18:27 EDT 2011

Dear Paul and fellow colleagues,

If what you write is correct, I feel quite alarmed at how much the cost of ICRS has soared. Anyone who has to add on an international flight is now looking at a $2-4000 investment to attend ICRS, depending on how far they are coming from. From Indonesia, we were hoping to send a number of our local staff to attend this important conference and present on some of the innovative work they are doing - but with such high costs, there is no way we can afford to send staff, without some sort of supporting grant. Or we are going to have reduce the number of people we can send.

I too would be interested in learning why it has become so costly? How do costs for ICRS compare to other international conferences? 

I would rather we go back to having more simpler conferences, with less frills, if it means more people can afford to attend, especially up-and-coming young scientists on shoe-strong budgets, and those of us from poorer countries. Science conferences should not be for the rich!

Regards Sangeeta

-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Fernando A. Zapata
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:19 PM
To: Paul Jones
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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] 12th ICRS registration fee query

Dear Paul and colleagues,

Bad news indeed. If those of you in affluent countries feel disheartened by
the costs of registration to the 12th ICRS, imagine how we, in less
fortunate countries, feel. Hopeless, to say the least.


Fernando A. Zapata, Ph.D.
Departamento de Biología
Universidad del Valle
Apartado Aéreo 25360
Cali, Colombia

Tel. (+57-2) 321-2100 Ext. 2824
Fax. (+57-2) 339-3243

2011/7/12 Paul Jones <littlepaul77 at hotmail.com>

> 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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