Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hard to tell if this is a SPAM conference or not "4th Intntl. Science in Society Conference"

Hard to tell if this is email I just got is about a SPAM Conference or not.

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, I would like to inform you of the:

University of California, Berkeley, USA
17 - 19 November 2012

This conference addresses the social impacts, values, pedagogies, politics and economics of science. It is an inclusive forum that welcomes a breadth of perspectives on science from practitioners, teachers and researchers representing a wide range of academic disciplines.

The Science in Society Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The Inaugural Science in Society Conference was held at the University of Cambridge United Kingdom, in 2009. The Conference was held at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain in 2010; and the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA in 2011.

In addition to Plenary Presentations from leading speakers in the field, the Science in Society Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters submit their written papers for publication in the peer refereed "International Journal of Science in Society". If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal as well as the option of uploading a video presentation to our YouTube channel.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 21 February 2012. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website: .

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Berkeley, USA in August.


  1. Not.

    Looks like the kind of event 'Science Studies' people would have. Paper submission etc. is fairly standard, and the 'virtual registration' option probably gets some serious buy-in.

  2. But it is so broad - just like those spammy meetings "Science in Society" ...

  3. If you never asked for it, aren't interested in it, etc, then it's unsolicited spam. It makes me wonder that they're not asking for money up front. If there's a free e-mail address to reply to then it's certainly some kind of scam. I'll bet they claim that a paper submission costs money, if anyone goes so far as to contact them.


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