Meetings & Meeting Reports

Obese Degeneration of Scientific Congresses

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Science  18 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3638, pp. 1337-1339
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3638.1337


The experimental establishment by an International Society of a coordinated group of worldwide regional conferences on an annual basis for 4 years, succeeded in the 5th year by a giant congress which is of the nature of a review and which is honestly social, is suggested as an alternative scheme to the present situation, which may be summed up as follows: the rigidity of some national societies, the haphazard expansion of regional meetings, and the cynical extravagance of huge congresses—of which the success is measured only by size, and from which both science and friendship are being squeezed out.