Monday, January 30, 2017

Oxford Round Table

Email of 1/14/16:
Hello. This is a quick reminder that registration and abstract submimssion [sic] will be closing on January 30, 2016 for the 25th International Childhood Education Symposium during the dates of March 13 – March 16, 2016 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Harris Manchester College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1786. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of this Symposium. Membership is limited to approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject.
Apparently, it matters not that I have yet to write a word on childhood education -- I still might be one of the "approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject" -- and as a "Member[] of the Round Table" I will "have access to ... the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, ... and may, on recommendation, become [an] official reader[] of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 ... ." Moreover, my "participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent upon presenting ... ."

The Oxford Round Table that sponsors these International Round Tables is an American invention (starting in Kentucky) with a history that would impress a corporate reorganization lawyer. At one point, it sued a critic and asked her to "to sign a statement saying that she was 'penitent and ashamed' for making the criticisms" in a Chronicle of Higher Education forum.

OMICS and the International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology

Well known as a "predatory publisher", OMICS is also in the conference business -- bigtime. Despite the California address, its roots are in India. An email of 6/14/16 is entitled "Promulgate your research":
Dear Dr.Colleague, We are currently bringing forth "5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology along with external scientific association with the researches, academicians, and Forensic market leaders around the globe, scheduled during Oct 31- Nov 02, 2016 at San Francisco, USA. ... Based on your eminence in the field, we would like to invite you for Forensic Research 2016 Conference. ... All accepted abstracts for this Conference will be published in the respective OMICS International Journals ... Thanks and Regards, Charlene Campbell, Program Manager, 731 Gull Ave., Foster City | CA 94404, USA
"Eminent Speakers" listed in the email are Yoshiaki Omura, New York Medical College, USA; Ronn Johnson, University of San Diego, USA; Shaul Gabbay, University of Denver, USA; George W. Adams, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), USA; Lucy Love, G4s Forensic and Medical Services, UK; Corena De Beer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Riaud xavier, National Academy of Dental Surgery, France; Stephanie Kewley, Birmingham City University, UK; Marcelo de Oliveira, University of São Paulo, Brazil

OMICS also is marketing under the brand of conferenceseries.com with an address or telephone number in Nevada. A 10/7/16 email from Charlene Campbell to "Dear Dr.DavidH.Kaye" for the 10/31 conference offered its
Greetings !! We are writing this mail to announce the commencement of "5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology” ... Oct 31- Nov 02, 2016 ... Based on your expertise, it will be very delightful to have your research talk at the conference and galvanize the scientific community. ... Regards, Charlene Campbell, Program Manager, Phone +1-702 508 5200, Email: forensicresearch@conferenceseries.net; forensicresearch@pharmaceuticalconferences.org
On February 16 and again on April 1, 2017, Charlene invited me
as a Speaker to attend the "6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology" (Forensic Research 2017) to be held in Houston, USA on September 18-20, 2017, which is a globally renowned annual conference. The conference theme for 2017 is “Setting Archetypes in the Global Forensics Realm”
(The full invitation, including two promises of "certification" by nothing less than the conference's own "organizing committee" is at a more general description of OMICS' Conference Series.)

The recognition of my putative expertise extends well beyond my knowledge of forensic science. For example:
Dear Dr.Kaye, David, ... Beneficial Microbes 2016 is specifically premeditated with a unifying axiom providing pulpit to widen the imminent scientific creations. The main theme of the conference is “Exploiting power of Microbes for the Industrial Development ". Submit your abstract at: http://beneficialmicrobes.conferenceseries.com/call-for-abstracts.php. ... Yours Sincerely, Enora Blake, Beneficial Microbes 2016, 2360 Corporate Circle, Suite 400 Henderson, NV 89074-7722, USA, Tel: 1-888-843-8169, beneficialmicrobes@microbiologyconferences.com
Later (7/28/16), I received an unsolicited elevation to the organizing committee in an email entitled "Be a part at our Conference":
Dear Dr. Kaye, David, ... Based on your expertise we would like to honor you by giving the position as an Organizing Committee Member for Beneficial Microbes -2016. Privileges for Organizing Committee: Plenary speech opportunity, ... Promotions for your own labs will be feasible ... Best Regards, Enora Blake [no address this time and the new phone number +1-650-268-9744]
Disclaimer: You are receiving this email because of your eminence in the field of Life Science.
 My eminence was reduced a notch in an email of 9/10/16, which explained how "Inorder to felicitate your eminence you are being invited as our Invited Speaker to the conference. ... Looking forward to hear from you, Best Regards, Enora Blake."

The confernceseries.com website lists an organizing committee of three members as of 9/30/16: Choong-Min Kang, Associate Professor, California State University Stanislaus; Provorov Nikolai, Deputy director, All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology; and Rajesh Sani, Associate Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

See also this email about a cancer therapy conference out of suite 400. The same strategy is evident in an email of 8/22/16 to "Dear.David H. Kaye , We would like to solicit your gracious presence as a speaker at the upcoming CME Accredited 2nd International Conference on Adolescent Medicine and Child Psychology which is going to be held from October 06-07, 2016 at London, UK."

In August 2016, the FTC charged the OMICS Group, its tentacles (iMedPub LLC and Conference Series LLC), and Managing Director and CEO Srinubabu Gedela, with multiple violations of the FTC Act’s prohibition on deceptive acts or practices. See also Kevin Carey, Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing, N.Y. Times, Dec. 30, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/upshot/fake-academe-looking-much-like-the-real-thing.html and the entry within this posting on conferenceseries.com.

North Sea Conference and Journal

The North Sea Conference and Journal has one officer, its director, Ronda Chen, a US national living in Scotland. Her occupation is "Energy Organizer and Training." See https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC452202/officers.
Email
5/15/2016: Dear David, We noticed your paper , "The good, the bad, the ugly: The NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America" published in Science & Justice 2010. Your work might relate to our conference, the 5th International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ISECM) - working on small scales, 10-14 Jul 2016, Inverness, Scotland, UK. You may like to give a presentation at: Session 35: Internet of things ... Regards, Conference Team, International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics

International Scientific Events

Email
  • 3/20/16 (excerpts): Dear Colleague, We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in conferences, part of International Scientific Events 2016, to be held in Hotel "Royal Castle", Elenite on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast (EU). Conferences in June [are] Agriculture & Food, 4th International Conference; ... Ecology & Safety, 25th International Conference; [and] Materials, Methods & Technologies, 18th International Conference ... Conferences in September[are] Economy & Business, 15th International Conference; Education, Research & Development, 7th International Conference; Language, Individual & Society, 10th International Conference ... The papers presented will be published in open-access journals, part of International Scientific Publications. Certificate of publication and presentation will be provided. Organized by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Science & Education Foundation and partners. Best regards, International Scientific Events, Bulgaria
  • 5/17/16: Identical email sent with a "note: registration deadline extension applies."
  • 6/3/16: Same email for the three September conferences.
  • 11/27/16, 1/1/17, 2/26/17, 3/20/17: Same email, differing only in dates and conference numbers.

Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors (IRED)

The website explains (10/12/16) that "IRED is formed to carry on the business of promoting, forming, developing and organizing associations and networks of Chemical, Petroleum, Physics, Biology, Civil, Mechanical, Medical, Dental, Computer, Electronics, Electrical, Management, Biomedical, Bio informatics, Bio Technology, Aeronautical, Textile, Environmental and all related Doctors, Engineers and Professionals who are in the field of innovation ... ." Its "Four Associate Networks to promote the Research and Development activities in the respective Engineering and Technology field" are the "Universal Association of Computer and Electronics Engineers (UACEE), Universal Association of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers (UAMAE), Universal Association of Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineers (UACSE), Universal Association of Arts And Management Professionals (UAAMP)." Moreover, "IRED welcomes all the Doctors, Scientist, Engineers Professionals, Researchers, Scholars and Medical and Health, Technical Engineering Colleges and Universities to join us to exchange information and ideas; in according with our objective to facilitate this, we call upon to network with us."
Email
  • 10/11/16: Dear Friends and Colleagues, We take great pleasure to invite you to submit research article in the Fourth Joint International Conference organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Rome, Italy. The theme for the 2016 Italy conference will be to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum. We would be delighted to have you present at this conference to hear what the technology experts and researchers have to share about the technology advancements and their impact on our daily lives. All the registered papers will proudly be published by IRED-CPS ... Registered Papers (IRED Extended paper guidelines applicable) will be published in the various issues of International journals. ... Thanks Much, Stefania, NEWS Division, IRED
  • 10/16/16: Dear Friends and Colleagues, We take great pleasure to invite you to submit research article in the Sixth Joint International Conference organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the 2016 Malaysia conference is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum. ... Thanks Much, Stefania, NEWS Division, IRED
  • 11/30/16, 12/3/16, 12/11/16, 12/12/16, 12/20/16, 2/7/17: Dear Friends and Colleagues, We take great pleasure to invite you to submit research article in the Sixth Joint International Conference organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Bangkok, Thailand. The theme for the 2017 Thailand conference is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum. ... Thanks Much, Stefania, NEWS Division, IRED
  • 2/18/17, 2/23/17, 3/28/17, 4/17/17, 4/20/17, 4/22/17: Dear Friends and Colleagues, We take great pleasure to invite you to submit research article in the Fifth Joint International Conference organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Rome, Italy. The theme for the 2017 Italy conference is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum. ... Joint International Conference Consists of following tracks: Track 1: ... ACEC ... Track 2: ... ACSEE ... Track 3: ... AMRE ... Track 4: ... SMHB. ... All the registered papers will proudly be published by IRED-CPS and stored in the SEEK digital Library. ... Proc. will also be published in International Journals. ... Registered Papers (IRED Extended paper guidelines applicable) will be published in the various issues of International journals. ... Thanks Much, Stefania, NEWS Division, IRED (info@conferencenotify.net)
  • 4/13/17:  Dear Friends and Colleagues, We take great pleasure to invite you to submit research article in the Seventh Joint International Conference organized by Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the 2017 Malaysia conference is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum. We would be delighted to have you present at this conference to hear what the technology experts and researchers have to share about the technology advancements and their impact on our daily lives. ... Track 1: ... MAPT ... Track 2: ... ASEE ... Track 3: ... CEET ... Track 4: ... CSE ... Track 5: ... EMS ... All the registered papers will proudly be published by IRED-CPS and stored in the SEEK digital Library. ... Proc. will also be published in International Journals. ... Thanks Much, Stefania, NEWS Division, IRED (info@conferencenotify.net)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Global Science and Technology Forum

The "Call for Papers: 5th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2016)" cannot be beat for breadth of coverage in law:
The laws of the land lay the foundations of peace and order, and to ensure people progress in all aspects of their lives – whether in business, education, travel, health or recreation. The role of public officials is to create, scrutinize, implement and uphold the laws in order to protect the rights of every individual, corporate entity or institution.
The organization behind this conference is the Global Science and Technology Forum, a group from Singapore that has been accused of "conference hijacking." GSTF is "a proud partner of 38 Universities around the globe." (The links of the batch that I clicked on lead only to the home pages of the named institutions.) It publishes a slew of "science journals" on such subjects as general philosophy, music, media and communications, education, and business. Not surprisingly, it is on Beall's List as "an exploitative publisher that ... everyone should avoid."

The chairman of the conference is "Prof. the Hon. Dr. Stephen Martin, Chairman, Board of Governors, Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF). Chief Executive, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Chairman, Bank of China (Australia), Former Speaker Parliament of Australia, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) Curtin University of Technology, and Former Pro Vice Chancellor International, Victoria University." Keynote speakers are Professors Julien Chaisse and Chao Xi of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Email
  • The LRPP17 conference email advertisement (same description) features as keynote speakers Dr. Paul Babie, Personal Chair of Law in the Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide, Australia, and Dr. Gabriel Moens, Professor of Law, Curtin Law School, Australia. An updated (9/21/16) email extends the predominantly Australian theme with the following program committee members: Dr. Tom Mortimer, Head, Anglia Law School, Anglia Ruskin University, UK; Prof. Paula Baron, Head of School, Chair of the Common Law, La Trobe University, Australia; Prof. Willem de Lint, Professor, School of Law, Flinders University, Australia; Prof. Jianfu Chen, Professor, Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University, Australia; Prof. Christoph Antons, School of Law, Deakin University, Australia; Prof. Denise Meyerson, Macquarie Law School, Sydney, Australia. As of 10/10/16, when I received a third email, the program committee on the web swelled to 44 members, with 29 from India alone. Prof. Bradley Myers, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of North Dakota, and Dr. Anqi Shen, a reader at the School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, UK, apparently joined the program committee.
  • 1/17/17: From: LRPP Conference Secretariat [mailto:lrpp@cfp.globalstf.org] Subject: Special Invitation: 6th Law, Regulations and Public Policy Conference (LRPP 2017) Dear Dr. Kaye, David, Hope this email finds you well. Given your interests and contributions to research and academia, we invite you/your research students to submit a paper to the 6th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2017) which will be held on 5th - 6th June 2017 in Singapore. The co-Program Chairs are Dr. Suresh V Nadagoudar, Bangalore University, India and Prof. K.C. Sunny, University of Kerala, India and the Editor-In-Chief is Prof. Tony Carty, The University of Hong Kong. The extended full paper submission deadline is on 10th February 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need more time, please let us know and we will consider on a case by case basis for an extended deadline. Keynote Addresses:
    ⊡ Prof. Paul Babie, Personal Chair of Law in the Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide, Australia- The Climate Future of Property Law
    ⊡ Prof. Gabriel Moens, Professor of Law, Curtin Law School, Australia - Improving Public Health through Behavioural Rules: A Legitimate Legislative Project of a Nany State or a Nudge State?
    ⊡ Asst. Prof. Kevin Kwok-yin Cheng, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Why Do Criminal Trials Crack? An Empirical Investigation of Late Guilty Pleas in Hong Kong
    ⊡ Assoc. Prof. Charles Qu, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    Journal of Law and Social Sciences: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS) - Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JLSS. ... Regards, Ana Martina Tubilleja, Program Manager, Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), 10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #13-12, Singapore- 079903 Phone: +65 6236 1544| Fax: +65 6327 0162
    The information in this e-mail is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee(s). Access to this e-mail by anyone else is unauthorised. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it, is prohibited and may be unlawful.
  • 4/3/17: Dear Dr. DAVID H. KAYE, Hope this email finds you well. ... The full paper submission deadline (extended) is on 23rd April 2017. ...

Eureka Science

Impressively, Eureka Science and the University of Sarjah (both in Sarjah, UAE), have organized two conferences with some of the same speakers for the same days next month. With "the patronage of the His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin-Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE," the same four Nobel Laureates will be speaking at both the 4th Biotechnology World Congress and the 7th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy. For example, the American pharmacologist, Ferid Murad, whose work garnered a share of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physiology, is a "Conference President" who promises that "'The 4th Biotechnology World Congress' would provide eminent scientists the opportunity to present their cutting edge researches [sic]...."

Dr. Murad thinks the same is true (with the name of the conference changed) for Eureka's Global Biotechnology Congress 2016, to be held in Boston (where he will again be a Conference President). The same words also appear in a Welcome Note for the "The 7th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy, which, yes, "should provide eminent scientists the opportunity to present their cutting edge researches ...." These conferences, Dr. Murad assures us, are "important," exciting." and, of course, "scientific events."

By May 31, 2016, the connection to Eureka Science had become harder to detect. They no longer were part of the spam and were buried on the drug conference website. Indeed, even the name of the conference changed slightly (to Drug Discovery and Therapy World Congress 2016). The advertised speakers are
Plenary Keynote
  • Ferid Murad (President)
  • Ada E. Yonath (Nobel Laureate)
  • Ei-ichi Negishi (Nobel Laureate)
  • Sidney Altmani (Nobel Laureate)
  • Charles N. Serhan, Harvard Medical School
  • Allan L. Goldstein, GWU School of Medicine
  • Gregory L. Verdine, Harvard University
  • Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School
  • Dimiter S Dimitrov, NIH
  • Jeffrey Skolnick, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rakesh Kumar, GWU School of Medicine 
  • William Weglicki, Children's National Medical Center
  • Simon C. Robson, Harvard Medical School
  • Peixuan Guo, OSU College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine
  • Gautam Chaudhury [sic], UCLA School of Medicine
A similar cast of plenary speakers are listed for the Global Biotechnology Conference 2017. As of 10/18/16, "Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad, M.D." is President of an unenumerated "Organizing Committee." His name, followed by those of Nobel Laureates Sidney Altman and Roger Tsien comprise the plenary speaker list. The keynote speakers are Andrew Johnson (NIH), Shuji Ogino (Dana Farber Cancer Institute), M. Amin Arnaout (Mass General Hospital), and Guangping Gao (U Mass Med Sch) . An "Invited Speaker Academic" gets to pay up to $1090 in registration fees, and an "Invited Speaker Corporate" has the honor of paying up to $1690. And if Eureka does not deliver on the promised speakers--indeed, if it cancels all or part of the conference--it "shall not be liable ... under any theory of law" and will not refund your full payment.
Email
  • 6/25/16: Dear Dr. Kaye, In my capacity as the Track Chair of the " Global Biotechnology Congress 2016”, fourth in the series, to be held in Boston, USA from August 22nd – 25th, 2016, I would like to invite you to participate and deliver a Session Lecture (lecture duration: 20 minutes) for the track is “Medical Biotechnology" at this event. ... For your potential interest to deliver a Session lecture for the track “is Medical Biotechnology” at GBC 2016, please send your abstract for consideration at GBC.COM. ... After assessment of the suitability of your abstract, the decision to accept or reject will be duly conveyed to you. This will be followed by your prompt completion of the registration formalities. You may download the PDF version of the registration form and email it to hasinahabib@eurekaconference.com or fax it back to 1-857-2398801 ( USA ). As soon as your payment is processed, you will receive a confirmation within 7 days. Moreover, you are expected to arrange for your registration, accommodation and travel expenses yourself. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. With kind regards, Sincerely, Dr. Angelo Facchiano, Institute of Food Science, CNR-National Research Council, Avellino, Italy, Track Chair, GBC 2016
  • 10/18/16: Dear Dr.Kaye, After the success of “Global Biotechnology Congress 2016” the “Global Biotechnology Congress 2017” will be held in Boston, USA, from July 10th to 13th, 2017. This event aims to highlight the translational nature of modern biotechnological research, with emphasis on both basic and applied science. ... The principal goal ... will be to present some of the latest outstanding breakthroughs ... and to open up avenues for research collaborations at regional and global level. Prof. Ferid Murad (Nobel Laureate) and Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS are the conference Co-Presidents. To date several Nobel Laureates and other eminent scientists have shown a keen interest to present Plenary and Keynote Lectures at the event. ... [O]nly the best abstracts will be selected. The abstracts of the conference and a selection of the proceedings will be published in a high Impact Factor journal by an international publisher. ... Sincerely, Organizing Secretariat, Global Biotechnology Congress 2017

Engineering Information Institute


Hardly limited to engineering, this group's "mission is to meet the satisfactions of our authors involved in all kinds of comprehensive conferences. ... Engii offers a perfect circumstance to share scientific resources, exchange their own research experiences, and innovate in studying for all the scholars of the world. Through Engii, we dedicate to delivering efficient and latest information to interested people. We look forward to benefiting and establishing harmonious relationship with everybody." It is connected with SCIRP.
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  • The 2nd Conference on Advances in Biology Education (CABE 2016) "will be held from June 1 to 3, 2016 in Nanjing, China. This Conference will cover issues on Biology Education. It dedicates to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods." And by the way, the email notes that it will be "co-located" with five other conferences at the same time in June in Nanjing.

DEStech Publications

DEStech Publications is the outlet for proceedings of conferences like these:

From the website for SSHD16:
"It is a leading conference for all researchers from different countries and territories to present their research results about human society and spiritual cultures of human annually. SSHD2016 genuinely invite scholars and academics to submit their papers on social science and human development. Besides the meaningful academic conference, you can also get a chance to enjoy the beauty of Guilin. ..."
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  • 7/4/16: ESHD2016, the 2016 International Conference on Education Science and Human Development "will be held from November 12-13, 2016 in Changsha, China. The Topics Include: 1. Education Science 2. Human Development. Author Guidelines: 1. All papers should be written in English. 2. Submitted papers must not be less than 4 pages, and can’t exceed 6 pages in length. ... All accepted papers will be published by DEStech Publications and submitted to CPCI for indexing. Some excellent papers will be selected and recommended to EI or SCI journals. ESHD2016 Organizing Committee"
  • 7/28/16: From: ICSS2016 <Linda@mail1.drown-drug.com> "Respected author": Hello! The 2016 3rd International Conference on Social Science (ICSS 2016) will be held on November 12-13, 2016 in Changsha, China.We would like you to come to the meeting." As for the topic of "social science," the email referred only to "the field of Education," including "martial arts and traditional national sports."
  • 8/16/16: Ferdinand@mail3.jeens-short.com, referred to an undefined SSES2016 in Guangzhou with the following advice: "All submissions must be not less than three pages in length. Otherwise, if your paper exceeds six pages in length, you have to pay for the additional pages."
  • 1/7/17: EMSE2017 TPC/Reviewer, Where are you? Click in the official website of EMSE www.emse2017.org, find topics you may interested in, Education, Management, Systems Engineering and more. The First EMSE was successfully held in Phuket, Thailand on August 23-24, 2015. 2017 2nd International Conference on Education, Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE2017) continue to serve people as one of the most important international activities in the fields above. Join us with your abundant experience and knowledge. Send the following information, photo and your resume to emse2017@yeah.net, explore a new TPC/Reviewer experience in EMSE. [EMSE promises publication "by the DEStech Publications. DEStech Publications will submit all the papers to be indexed in EI Compendex, Thomson Reuters Web of Science CPCI-S (ISTP indexing) and CNKI Scholar for worldwide online citation." ]
  • 3/31/17 (from ESD2017, Laurent@mail5.sciences-nice.com): It would be our great honor to have you as a keynote speaker for the 2017 International Conference on Education and Social Development [ESD2017]. The conference would be held in Xiamen, China during October 20th-22nd, 2017 and your expenses on Meeting admission and accommodation during the conference will covered by us. ,,, ESD2017 is an annual scientific international conference concentrating on education and social development for experts and scholar in corresponding fields. It aims to provide a platform for experts, professionals, researchers and students in the areas to share the updated information and stimulate the communication with each other. ... While social development can be qualitative changes in the structure and framework of society, which help the society to better realize aims and objectives. ... Human development encompasses development in several dimensions of human well being. ... If you are interested, please send us your resume via email: esd2017@163.com. In your resume, following tips should be included. A piece of your personal photo. A specific list of education experience, work experience as well as publications. Written in English. ... [PS] If you have any paper to be published via this conference, please submit via the email: ESD2017@163.com.
  • 4/8/17 (from EMSE'17 Mark@mail4.smile-peaceful.com): E.M.S.E [2017 2nd International Conference on Education, Management and Systems Engineering]-This is a unique forum for Worldwide Education/ Systems Engineering Researchers. Knowledge Enrichment by Attending Beijing E.M.S/E in 2017. Choose to attend EMSE2017 or not depends on your own schedule, the publication of the proceedings won't be impacted. The language of submission is required to be English. Academic moral is required. Multiple contributions with one manuscript and plagiarim are prohibited.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Conference Series

Conference Series Ltd (also Conference Series LLC and conferenceseries.com) seems to be OMICS' way of advertising conferences without mentioning that they are OMICS events.

OMICS International gives this "unparagoned" description "bobbing in the modern age" of "technological perk up":
OMICS Scientific Meetings 2016-2017 will enhance the cornucopia of knowledge of all the participants in different fields and will be a mélange of eminent speakers, industry professionals, social activist, students etc. Discussing on various imperative topics will add an insight to ponder and confer over crux of today’s scientific and technological perk up. Our conferences are scientific rostrums to unveil the novel developments and to cogitate, and conflate ideas and realities through practical experiences.
The Conference Series LLC of Scientific Meetings 2016-2017 are unparagoned and an unmissable opportunity to engross the information and communication technologies bobbing in the modern age. Conference Series LLC Engineering Conventions 2016-2017 facilitates better understanding about the technological developments and scientific advancements across the world by simultaneously equating with the velocity of science, technology and business domains.
An article in the New York Times reported that
In October, a New Zealand college professor submitted a paper to the OMICS-sponsored “International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics,” which was held last month at the Hilton Atlanta Airport. It was written using the autocomplete feature on his iPhone, which produced an abstract that begins as follows: “Atomic Physics and I shall not have the same problem with a separate section for a very long long way. Nuclear weapons will not have to come out the same day after a long time of the year he added the two sides will have the two leaders to take the same way to bring up to their long ways of the same as they will have been a good place for a good time at home the united front and she is a great place for a good time.” The paper was accepted within three hours.
An OMICS employee who identified himself as Sam Dsouza said conference papers are reviewed by its “experts” within 24 hours of submission. He couldn’t provide a list of its reviewers or their credentials.
Kevin Carey, Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing, N.Y. Times, Dec. 30, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/upshot/fake-academe-looking-much-like-the-real-thing.html.

When it sued OMICS and Conference Series for deceptive practices, the Federal Trade Commission noted in a press release of 26 August 2016 that
In addition to misrepresentations related to their journal publishing services, the FTC’s complaint alleges that the defendants regularly deceive consumers while promoting academic conferences they organize. The defendants allegedly include the names of prominent researchers as participants and presenters at the conferences, which charge registration fees that can cost more than $1,000, when in fact many of those researchers often did not agree to participate in the events. The FTC’s complaint charges the defendants, OMICS Group Inc., iMedPub LLC, Conference Series LLC, and Srinubabu Gedela, with multiple violations of the FTC Act’s prohibition on deceptive acts or practices.
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    Forensic Science
  • From: Forensic Research 2017
    Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:29 AM
    Subject: Forensic Research 2017 in Houston, Space City
    Meet World’s leading Forensic Researchers & Professionals from 50 Countries & 5 Continents
    Dear Dr.DavidH.Kaye,
    On behalf of our Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you as a Speaker to attend the "6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology" (Forensic Research 2017) to be held in Houston, USA on September 18-20, 2017, which is a globally renowned annual conference. The conference theme for 2017 is “Setting Archetypes in the Global Forensics Realm”, which covers a wide range of critically important sessions from basic research to recent innovations in Forensic Science.
    Benefits:
    • Accredited and certified by The CPD Standard Office, UK
    • Attendees will be certified with 27 CPD credits (27 hrs.) and also with the certification by the international organizing committee Members (IOCM) of the conference
    • Abstracts will receive a DOI provided by Cross Ref
    • Active Communications and Networking with Experts
    • Live Streaming of your presentation through our websites and YouTube (up on your interest)
    • Best Poster & Young Researcher Award Nominations
    • International Workshops and Symposia on latest trends
    • Certification by the International Organizing Committee
    • Post your Department/University requirement in the conference website and souvenir
    ... We are confident that you will get an unforgettable experience at our Conference. ... If you are unable to attend the Congress, I encourage you to appoint someone as your proxy to attend the Conference on your behalf.
    Regards, Charlene Campbell, Program Manager, +1-702-508-5200, forensicresearch@conferenceseries.net
  • 4/1/17: Same old email seeking me or my proxy.

  • Forensic pathology
  • 7/27/16: From: Forensicpathology,
    Subject: Invitation for Forensic Pathology conference, 2016
    Dear Dr. /Prof. David H. Kaye, Greetings for the day Apologies for disturbing you, I request your valuable time in reading this message. With immense pleasure we would like to welcome you as the speaker at ” International Conference on Forensic Pathology and Investigation” which is going to be held during November 17-18, 2016 at Atlanta, USA. http://clinical-forensicpathology.conferenceseries.com/ This conference is to bring together the best of brains for some roundtable discussions on the direction and flow of new and advanced technology. It will definitely turn out to be the world’s best platform for all the doctors, medical practitioners, students and clinical research organizations to encourage and explore the best referred case reports to infer and strategize novel methodologies in treatments and therapy. Forensic Pathology 2016 becoming a platform for Global Researchers on Forensic Pathology, Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine, Forensic psychology, advanced techniques in related disciplines. Forensic Pathology & Forensic Medicine with a “Theme Advent Intelligence and Investigation” to facilitate sharing the knowledge in enhancement of forensic department’s globally. ... We look forward for your positive response and feel free to contact us for further assistance. Best Regards, Rachel Elizabeth, Program Manager, Forensic Pathology 2016

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • 10/20/16: From: Atomic Physics 2016 <atomicphysics@eventsseries.com>
    Subject: Follow up Invitation to be a Honorable Guest at Atomic Physics 2016
    Dear Dr.DavidH.Kaye ,  Greetings! Thank you for your time and consideration. As a program manager I am taking the immense pleasure to invite you to deliver a talk at the “International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics” which is going to be held during November 17-18, 2016 at Atlanta, USA. Atomic Physics 2016 provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Nuclear and Atomic Physics. Our committee believe this might interest you and we wish to have your eminence presence at this prestigious meet, so as an initial step; we kindly request you to go through the scientific tracks, choose a track of your interest and submit your abstract ... . Considering your prominence our committee would like to provide you certain privileges on your registration and accommodation prices. • Speaker Registration $ 399 • Delegate Registration $ 199 ...  Kindest Regards, Niha Walture, Atomic Physics 2016, Tel: +1-702-508-5197 Extn-8066| atomicconference14@gmail.com

  • Microbial and Biochemical Technologies
  • From: Microbial2017 [mailto:microbial@microbiologyconferences.org]
    Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:46 AM
    Subject: Tell us about your research: Microbial 2017
    Dear Dr. Kaye, David, It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the “World Summit on Microbial and Biochemical Technologies” Conference, which will be held on September 18-20, 2017 at Houston, USA. The Conference deliberations will be on the theme: “Shaping the future with innovative technologies” It is an honor and privilege to invite you to participate in this Conference as an Organizing Committee member. We believe that your contribution to this field is unparalleled and your voice would be a valuable addition to the conference stage. For Details: http://microbial.conferenceseries.com/ We look forward to a positive confirmation, an honor for us indeed. With Regards, Program Director Microbial -2017 Direct: (702) 508-5200 Ext: 8038 Customer Service: +1 (800) 216 6499 E-mail: microbial@microbiologyconferences.org

Friday, January 20, 2017

Oxford Symposium: "A ... Meeting of London Symposia"

I am suspicious of the Oxford Symposium on ... whatever. The email I received went like this:
1/20/17: We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in in the 4th Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration, and the Environment. The symposium will be held 15 and 16 March 2017 at the Oxford University Club, Oxford, U.K. Keynote speaker - Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Cambridge and Research Fellow at University of Oxford. We invite you to present a paper that encourages the exchange of interdisciplinary ideas about the main themes of the conference: world population increase, human migration, and environmental sustainability. Alternatively, you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. The Symposium seeks to cover a broad agenda that includes disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, agriculture, law, political science, religion, and social studies. Topics for presentation may reach beyond these areas, and our website contains an extensive list of suggested topics. Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals. Email Lydia at contact@oxford-population-and-environment-symposium.com if you have questions.
The agenda is way too broad for a focused academic conference. What are "Symposium Books" and "sponsored academic journals"? Sponsored by whom? Why is there no mention of an actual academic organization or professional society? No address and no contact information (except for an email address for "Lydia")?

The webpage offers the tantalizing statement that "The Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration, and the Environment is a special interest meeting of London Symposia, an organization devoted to scholarly research, writing, and discourse." But there is no link to that organization, and no such organization emerges on the first several pages of Google search results.

The symposium website is similarly devoid of things like an organizing committee and named outlets for publication. It has no list of speakers (except for "Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Cambridge and Research Fellow at University of Oxford").

The website asserts that "The Symposium has grant support from the Education Policy Research, Inc., United States and is jointly sponsored with the United Nations Association, Cordell Hull Chapter, United States." Nothing turned up in a quick Google search for "the Education Policy Research, Inc." There is a Cordell Hull Chapter of the United Nations Association. It is the Nashville branch of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), which "is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and work of the UN among the American people. Its education, policy and advocacy programs emphasize the importance of cooperation among nations and the need for American leadership at the UN."

The website also states that "Announcements for the meeting are enhanced by the Maryland Population Center, Maastricht Centre for Citizenship Migration and Development and the Environmental Migration Portal and the Oxford Human Rights Hub." No links to the "enhancements" are provided. A search of the Oxford Human Rights Hub website for "symposium" produced 23 entries. This particular symposium was not among them. There is no Maryland Population Center, but the Maryland Population Research Center does have a link to a "call for papers" for this conference.

Another website with the same look and feel -- and lack of identifying information -- can be found promoting an Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. Who or what is behind these efforts?
Email
From: Oxford Symposium [mailto:contact@oxford-population-and-environment-symposium.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:16 PM
To: oxford.academic.symposia@gmail.com
Subject: INVITATION - AUGUST AND DECEMBER SYMPOSIA, OXFORD, UK
... We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in in the 5th International Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration, and the Environment. The symposium will be held 3 and 4 August 2017 at St Anne’s College, Oxford, U.K. Alternatively, you may wish to attend the December session. We will meet on the 7th and 8th at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Consult our webpage for abstract submission and registration deadlines.•  Keynote speaker – David Coleman, Emeritus Professor of Demography; Associate Fellow, Department of Social Policy, University of Oxford.
• We invite you to present a paper that encourages the exchange of interdisciplinary ideas about the main themes of the conference: world population increase, human migration, and environmental sustainability. Alternatively, you may wish to attend as a panel member.
• The Symposium seeks to cover a broad agenda that includes disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, agriculture, law, political science, religion, and social studies.
• Topics for presentation may reach beyond these areas, and our website contains an extensive list of suggested topics.
• Participant abstracts will be published online in the conference proceedings. Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.
"Sponspored academic journals"? Sponsored by whom?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Scientific Federation (SF)

As of 5/28/16, the Scientific Federation website lists neither names of individuals nor an address. The organization styles itself an "abode for researchers" and publishes such open access journals as the Journal of Flu Science. The Who We Are page speaks volumes:
We are exploring the research to the world through the world-class scientists ... we are taking into the step to transform the technology and research through the world class professionals, to get awareness worldwide by organizing the international conferences. Which may also lead to helpful in maintain the peaceful collaboration between the countries. Our devoted team is very much proficient to organize the international conferences, and they are having much experience and expertise in this aspect.

Indeed, attendees can rest assured that "Your meeting was planned by devoted volunteers from your obedience and Scientific Federation staff. We have worked hard to make sure it is the most tremendous conference you attend this year!"
Other Email from the Federation
  • 5/26/16: On behalf of Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to attend International Congress & Expo on Biotechnology and Bioengineering during September 26-28, 2016 held at Los Angeles, USA. We really like to have your presence at this conference, please let me know your interest towards the same. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference book.
  • 6/8/16: Dear Dr. David H., Greetings for the day!!! Thanks for your valuable time to have a look on Scientific Scrutiny. We Scientific Federation are keen to have your presence in our conference. We would like to invite you for the Scientific Extravaganza for the Innovations in Biotechnology and Bioengineering which will be held in Los Angeles, USA on September 26-28, 2016. We are group of young biotechnologists trying to bring the emerging scientific highlights at one stage. We will be proud to have you on the occasion of scientific feast. Kindly join us to utilize your excellence as guidelines for the next generation researchers. [This email lists a "Bioplymers-2016 Organizing Committee" consisting of Dennis J. Gray, University of Florida, and faculty from China, India, and Iran.]
  • 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 5/19/17: Dear Dr. Kaye, David, Greetings for the Day!!! We would warmly welcome you to invite as an Organizing committee member for the “International Congress & Expo on Bacteriology” (Bacteriology-2017) which is during December 04-06, 2017 held at San Francisco, USA. To know more about Conference: http://scientificfederation.com/bacteriology-2017/ This year we have adopted the theme “Advancing Current Research in the Field of Bacteriology”. Bacteriology-2017 is a scientific congregation which brings together Researches, Scientists, Speakers, students, Key decision makers who can find the best solutions from the experienced peoples with the same interests. We really like to have your presence at this conference, please let me know your interest towards the same. Look forward to you joining us in San Francisco…!!! Best regards, C.lathasri, Bacteriology-2017, Program Coordinator, P +91-7799790002
     

Oxford Global Marketing's Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress

Oxford Global Marketing Ltd., with offices in Singapore and London, has attracted some big names in forensic genetics (see the email below) to its Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress, but I have to wonder what they thought of it. OGM's homepage announces that "Oxford Global provide specialist business information for the Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences industry in the UK, Europe and Asia. We run some of the most respected congresses, summits, conferences and webinars for industry leaders. We also offer bespoke event management to companies in the sector."
Email
5/12/16: Dear David, I hope my email finds you well. I would like to invite you to speak at our 2nd Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress next year in March 2017, London ... a two day event attracting over 200 senior level delegates. The subject areas suggested by our advisory board are available. However, if you would like to suggest a new topic please do get in touch. ... If you would like to arrange a short phone call to discuss the congress or have any queries you would like answered via email, please do not hesitate to contact me. ... Kind Regards, Eleanor Halsey, Producer
A couple of subsequent emails begin "Dear David, I hope my email finds you well. I was just keen to follow up with you from my previous email in regards to the speaking invitation for the 2nd Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress next year in March 2017, London." The Advisory Board for 2016 consists of
Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida, Associate Director – National Center for Forensic Science
John Masters, Professor of Experimental Pathology, UCL
Matthew Greenhalgh, Director Forensic Science, Cellmark Forensic Services
Thomas Callaghan, Senior Biometric Scientist, FBI Laboratory
Allan Jamieson, Director, The Forensic Institute
Bruce Weir ‎Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington
"Confirmed speakers" according to the website include
David Balding, Professor of Statistical Genetics, Centre for Systems Genomics, University of Melbourne
Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida, Associate Director - National Center for Forensic Science
Michael Coble, Forensic Biologist, NIST
Mitch Holland, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Henry Lee, Professor, University of New Haven
Apparently unconfirmed, but listed in the cyclic photographic display of "2016 speakers" is Bruce Weir, University of Washington. Why the website is limited to 2016 speaker information for a 2017 program is unclear. An email of 6/13/16 supplied a pamphlet that listed a 2017 advisory board with the following US members:
Elaine Pagliaro, Assistant Executive Director, University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science
James Landers, Professor, University of Virginia
Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida
Seth Faith, Assistant, Professor of Forensic Science, North Carolina State University
The email of 6/13/16 listed "confirmed speakers":
Peter Gill, Professor, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Sheila Willis, Director General, Forensic Science Ireland
Catherine Knutson, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Forensic Science Services for the State of Minnesota
Ann Ross, Director, Forensic Sciences Institute, North Carolina State University
Randall Murch, Associate Director, Research Program Development, National Capital Region, Virginia Tech.
Dieter Deforce, Professor, Ghent University
Eugénia Cuhna, Professor, University of Coimbra
Ayse Serin, Associate Professor, Cukurova University School of Medicine
Anna Williams, Forensic Anthropologist, University of Huddersfield
Four days later, the sender was "just keen to follow up with you." Her confirmed speaker list added these names:
Tracy Alexander, Director of Forensic Services, City of London Police
Kenneth Kidd, Professor of Genetics, of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
Philip Danielson, Professor, University of Denver
Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida, USA
By the end of the month (in identical emails of 6/30 and 7/1), Eleanor Halsey was no longer so keen, but was still following up with the original form invitation and an even longer confirmed speaker list that added these names:
Geraldine O'Donnell, Director of DNA, Forensic Science Ireland
Angela Gallop CBE, Professor and Strategic Director of Strathclyde University Centre of Forensic Science
Charla Marshall, Chief of Emerging Technologies, Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab
Walter Bodmer, Professor, University of Oxford
Didier Meuwly, Professor and Principal Scientist, Netherlands Forensic Institute
John Masters, Professor of Experimental Pathology, UCL
Sree Kanthaswamy, Professor/Geneticist, University of California
Tal Simmons, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Jari Louhelainen, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, University of Helsinki and Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Stefano Vanin, Reader in Forensic Biology, University of Huddersfield, UK
Sharon Derrick, Forensic Anthropologist, Identification Manager and Agency Coordinator, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Nicholas Marquez-Grant, Forensic Anthropologist, University of Cranfield
Seth Faith, Asst. Professor of Forensic Science, North Carolina University
Graham Williams, Associate Director, Secure Societies Institute, University of Huddersfield
Still more news (same template, of course) came a week later (7/13/16). Gillian Tully, Director, Forensic Science Regulator, Home Office, UK, had signed on and, of course, "it would be great to have you on board."

A month later, it was Marketing Executive Guillaume Alonso (signature line) or Aonso (according to the sender  field), sending a "Registration Now Open" email from the URL GeneticsForensicsCongress@oxford-global.net on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:33 AM.

Producer Eleanor Halsey also seems to have been supplanted by Head of Delegate Sales Will Fox. His first email (10/4/16) promised "a unique opportunity to join over 40 highly esteemed speakers ... and participating in high-level discussions about the future landscape of the industry." It also offered a free webinar in January on "Advances in Next Generation Sequencing for Forensic Purposes" (with "Speaker 1" and "The New Challenges of Identification: Terrorist Attacks and The Role of Forensic Anthropology" with "Speaker 2."

Then came two folksy "Dear David" letters on 11/29/16: "Sorry to email you out of the blue. I wanted to get in touch with you in regards to a Genetics in Forensics Congress that my company, Oxford Global, annually holds in London. It will be taking place on the 14th-15th March in 2017. We are hoping to be able to expand the numbers of participants from outside of Europe and are aware of the increase in costs involved with the travel. For this reason, I wanted to offer you a half price pass to attend the congress, reducing the registration fee down to £250+VAT. Do you think this would be of interest to yourself or any of your colleagues? If you could come back to me before the end of the year, that would be fantastic."

In 2017, however, the emails from Will Fox grew less personal (but noted that some kinds of special offers remained available):
1/10/17: Dear David, Oxford Global is delighted to share with you the final agenda for our prestigious 2nd Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress, ... . Network with over 200 senior level genetics in forensic experts and hear world-class presentations and keynote addresses ... Join our internationally renowned speakers for their pioneering work in the field:

Peter Gill, Professor, Norwegian Institute of Public Health internationally recognised for his work in analysing the disputed DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox case will be discussing ‘Analysis of miscarriages of justice of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’
Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida NGS to discuss cell type identification by mRNA profiling, single cell analysis and mixture de-convolution
Angela Gallop CBE Professor and Strategic Director of Strathclyde University Centre of Forensic Science, who has worked on the UK's most complex cases including Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell and Stephen Lawrence will be discussing the latest advancements and challenges of applying the new forms of forensic genetic testing to historic cases
Turi King, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester highly acknowledged for her groundbreaking work on the Richard III case will be presenting ‘Richard III The Resolution Of A 500 Year Old Cold Case’, she will explore the background to this case, along with the discovery and analysis of the remains.

... The standard rates to attend this congress are £799 + VAT for industry delegates, £499 + VAT for academic institutions & £1350 + VAT for service/vendor companies. Special discounts until the end of January.
By the end of January, Mr. Fox had grown desperate (or very generous).
1/31/17: Dear David, Registration for this year’s Genetics in Forensics in London, 14-15 March, 2017 will be closing shortly. We are keen to have representation from your organisation at the 2017 meeting and in order to ensure that the quality and relevance of the delegates remains at the highest possible level, I am able to offer to a select few people, complimentary passes - free of charge - to attend the congress as delegates for the 2017 meeting. I wondered if you or any of your colleagues would benefit from attending this conference? Please be aware that the passes are available to any Academics or Pharmaceutical experts of Post-doc level and above. As registration is closing shortly and the number of places available are about to be filled, please do let me know of your interest by the end of the week. ...
Whom is he kidding? The "select few people" who receive complimentary passes are "any Academics"?

The "confirmed sponsors" are Illumina, ThermoFisher Scientific, Quiagen, Key Forensic Services, and Menarini Silicon Biosystems. What their contributions are to the conference I cannot say.

The third iteration is in the works, offering another opportunity to be on the advisory board. The following arrived (twice, at 4/27/17 6:26 AM, because OGM has two of me listed -- one for each email address):

Subject: Advisory Board and Speaker Invite: 3rd Annual Genetics & Genomics in Forensics Congress, 15 - 16 March 2018, London, UK
Dear David, I hope my email finds you well. I would like to invite you to be part of our advisory board and speak at our 3rd Annual Genetics & Genomics in Forensics Congress, 15 – 16 March 2018 in London, UK. Following on from the success of last year’s event, the congress will bring together over 200 senior level attendees to discuss the latest applications of genetic technologies to forensics, from DNA methylation analysis with NGS, to ancestral identification through phenotypic markers, to microbial genomics in biosecurity. The 2018 event will feature 4 streams ... . This congress is co-located with the Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Congress. Delegates and speakers will be able to access all the presentations over both days from both congresses. ... It would be very helpful to get your feedback on the proposed topics for the congress and learn more about your experience of the field and potential presentation subject. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with any queries or to organise a short phone call to discuss this further. I look forward to hearing from you and do hope you will be able to participate. Kind Regards, Jessica Thomson, Conference Production and Marketing Assistant, Oxford Global, Direct: +44 7375 046278 | Office: +44 1865 248455, j.thomson@oxfordglobal.co.uk
There is some irony in referring to "the success of last year's event." Instead of the promised "200 senior level delegates," there were "150+ attendees" of all kinds. Of these, 18% were "vendor companies." The report that provides these figures (viewed 4/27/17) also lists only one of the "internationally renowned speakers for their pioneering work in the field" advertised in the email of 1/10/17 as having participated in the event. The actual speakers named in the report were Jack Ballantyne (University of Central Florida), Eugénia Cunha (University of Coimbra), Seth Faith (North Carolina University), Dieter Deforce (University of Ghent), Sharon Derrick (Harris Country Institute), Randall Murch (Virginia Tech), Renata Zbieć-Piekarska (Central Forensic Laboratory of Police), and Anna Williams (University of Huddersfield).

It is early in the life cycle of the third conference. The VIEW THE AGENDA button on the conference website generates a form to "Request Prices & Agenda." However, the planning proceeds:
From: Jessica Thomson [mailto:j.thomson@oxfordglobal.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:13 AM
Subject: Follow-up - Invitation to Speak at 3rd Annual Genetics & Genomics in Forensics Congress, 15 - 16 March 2018, London
Dear David, I hope my email finds you well. I recently invited you to speak at our 3rd Annual Genetics & Genomics in Forensics Congress, 15–16 March 2018 in London, UK. I’m conscious that you must have a very busy schedule, but I was just wondering if you have had a chance to review my invitation? The subject areas suggested by our advisory board are listed below. However, if you would like to suggest a new topic please do get in touch. If you would like to arrange a short phone call to discuss the congress or have any queries you would like answered via email, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and do hope you will be able to participate.
Kind Regards, Jessica Thomson, Conference Production and Marketing Assistant, Oxford Global, Direct: +44 7375 046278 | Office: +44 1865 248455