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ICCA Top Tips - May

There are a lot of association conferences out there, and many can be potential business for you. But beware: there are quite a few ‘predatory’ meetings among them! These conferences do take place, but feature very poor content in their programmes and more often than not present low-quality research.
 
Here are some signs that could indicate you are dealing with a 'predatory’ meeting:
  • No contact address of the organiser is mentioned
  • No venue known
  • Abstracts are approved within 72 hours
  • Presenters pay a higher registration fee than non-presenting delegates
  • Often many different topics are discussed at such a meeting
  • There are many conferences of the same organizer in the same city on the same dates
  • Using the same layout and pictures
Please download a list of 'Predatory’ meetings we have put together containing questionable conference organisers. To do so, go to the My ICCA Portal via the ICCA website, log in with your new credentials, and scroll down to 'Other member-only documents', and download the document entitled, "List of 'Predatory' meetings not included in the Database". We recommend that you use it as a cross reference, and then decide for yourself whether or not you want to enter into business arrangements with any of these companies.  
 
All the organisers on this list are denied access to the ICCA Association Database, and their respective meetings will not count towards our annual statistics reports.   
 
Should you find a congress in the ICCA Association Database that, in your opinion, should not be there because it meets above-mentioned criteria or if you have had bad experiences with the organizer, then you can report that in the congress profile in the Database. Click on the pink ‘Reconsider meeting’ button with the exclamation mark, informing ICCA why it should be reconsidered.
 
Would you like to know more about this and/or other useful tools ICCA provides to its members? Please contact Willy Cortus for more information.