Phishy Conference

Edit: Commenter David Green below reports that he has been to one of these conferences, and that it is not a scam. I can’t confirm this personally, but will correct myself if I’m shown to be wrong. My suspicions were raised based on word of mouth, but also by the fact that the friends who received this email at the time were first-year graduate students (i.e., clearly not leaders in their field). That plus the non-native English raised red flags. If anyone else knows about these conferences firsthand, please tell me about it in the comments.

Edit 2: See this comment below from a BIT employee.

A couple of friends just received the following email, inviting them to a marine biotechnology conference in China this spring. Turns out it’s a scam: this company makes up all kinds of fake conferences in different scientific fields. When you register, they steal your credit card. So don’t register.

It’s actually kind of amazing how believable this looks at first glance: the sessions are all on real topics, and they have a professional-looking website. I wonder, now that people know to be wary of Nigerian princes trying to give away their fortunes, if email phishing is headed in this direction—i.e., more sophisticated and targeted.

The original email is below:

BIT’s 1st Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology (WCMB-2011)
Time: April 25-29, 2011
Place: Dalian, China
Website: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/wcmb2011/

Dear [your name here],

We would like to extend our invitation to you to be a speaker at our upcoming event: BIT’s 1st Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology (WCMB-2011) which will help to bring together scientists, managers, faculties, decision makers among all organizations engaged in marine biotechnology and encourage the development of commercialization of marine biotechnology. As we know your work in this field is a clear example of the leadership, so we would like to highlight your effort at our conference which will take place during April 25-29, 2011 in Dalian, China, with the theme of “Ocean, Life and Sustainability”. We express our sincere wish for your participation in this conference and make an oral presentation at one session of Track 1: Breaking R & D in Marine Biotechnology, The details of the sessions are:

Track 1-1: Marine Molecular/Cell Biology and Physiology
Track 1-2: Marine Ecology and Microbiology
Track 1-3: Marine Organismal Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Track 1-4: Genomics, Proteomics & Metabolomics in Marine Biotechnology
Track 1-5: Marine Metagenomics and Bioinformatics
Track 1-6: The Marine Biotechnology Research Toolkit
Track 1-7: Marine Extremophiles
Track 1-8: Marine Nanobiotechnology and Biomaterials
Track 1-9: Sustainable Aquaculture and Fishery
Track 1-10: Conservation, Bioinvasion and Climate Change

WCMB-2011 will take the form of plenary lectures, oral presentations, posters, exhibitions and project matchmaking; it covers topics from breakthroughs in Marine Biotechnology R & D, Algal Biotechnology, Marine Natural Products and Valuable Materials, Marine Bioenergy and Engineering, Marine Resources and Environment Bioremediation to applications of Marine biotechnology. WCMB-2011 will provide an ideal platform for marine biotechnologist to debate and deliberate on issues that are critical for the progress of this emerging area and identify the challenges and opportunities for the development of Marine Biotechnology.

Your participation as a speaker at this year’s world congress would add great value for your organization and our attendees. Please contact Ms. Doris Han at doris@bit-ibio.com if you are able to participate. Thank you for your timely consideration of this invitation, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

In addition, this major international event will be held in Dalian, one of the most beautiful coastal cities. After the conference, you are welcomed to join the Tech tour to experience the traditional Chinese culture and enjoy the delicious food in China.

The details of the conference, please visit: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/wcmb2011/

Best Regards,

Ms. Doris Han
Organizing Committee of WCMB-2011
26 Gaoneng St., F4
Dalian Hightech Zone
Dalian, LN 116025, China
Tel: 0086-411-84799609 ext 813
Fax: 0086-411-84799629
Email: doris@bit-ibio.com

PS: We expect your precious comments or suggestions on the structure of our program, also your reference to other speakers will be highly appreciated. We look forward to receiving your replies on the following questions.

1. Are you interested in delivering a speech in one of these sessions? Which session?

2. What is the title of your speech?

3. Do you want to co-organize one of the sessions or have any suggestions about our scientific program?

Full Program

Track 1: Breaking R & D in Marine Biotechnology
Track 1-1: Marine Molecular/Cell Biology and Physiology
Track 1-2: Marine Ecology and Microbiology
Track 1-3: Marine Organismal Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Track 1-4: Genomics, Proteomics & Metabolomics in Marine Biotechnology
Track 1-5: Marine Metagenomics and Bioinformatics
Track 1-6: The Marine Biotechnology Research Toolkit
Track 1-7: Marine Extremophiles
Track 1-8: Marine Nanobiotechnology and Biomaterials
Track 1-9: Sustainable Aquaculture and Fishery
Track 1-10: Conservation, Bioinvasion and Climate Change

Track 2: Algal Biotechnology and Phycology
Track 2-1: Algae Ecology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Systematics?
Track 2-2: Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments
Track 2-3: Micro-algal Biotechnology
Track 2-4: Algal Cultivation Techniques toward Seaweed Farming and Aquaculture
Track 2-5: Biotechnology Improving Algal Production & Productivity
Track 2-6: Algae Photobioteactors
Track 2-7: Robust Algal Processing & Downstream Production
Track 2-8: Algae in Health, Nutrition, Cosmetic and Feed Industries
Track 2-9: Harmful Algae Blooms and Green Tide
Track 2-10: Applications of Algae in Wastewater Treatment, Carbon Capture & Recycle

Track 3: Marine Natural Products and Valuable Materials
Track 3-1: Resources, Isolation and Identification of Bioactive Marine Natural Products
Track 3-2: Marine Chemistry of Natural Products
Track 3-3: Eicosanoids from Algae
Track 3-4: Marine Peptide and Protein and its Functions
Track 3-5: Marine Microalgae Polysaccharides
Track 3-6: Marine Enzymes with Unique Functions
Track 3-7: Natural Products and Materials from Sponges
Track 3-8: Marine Biopolymers and Applications
Track 3-9: Materials in Preventing Marine Corrosion
Track 3-10: Novel Composite Materials for Marine Applications

Track 4: Biomedical Applications of Marine Biotechnology
Track 4-1: New Drug Screening from Marine Microorganism Metabolites
Track 4-2: Discovery of Marine Biomarker, and Biological Active Compounds
Track 4-3: Marine Products for Biomedical Assay
Track 4-4: Anticoagulant and Anti-thrombic Marine Products
Track 4-5: Antiviral and Antibacterial Marine Natural Products
Track 4-6: Anti-Tumor, Anti-metastatic Marine Natural Products
Track 4-7: Other Biomedical Applications of Marine Biotechnology

Track 5: Marine Bioenergy and Engineering
Track 5-1: Algae and Seaweed Biomass
Track 5-2: Marine Bioethanol
Track 5-3: Marine Biodiesel
Track 5-4: Marine Biogases
Track 5-5: Algal Biofuels Commercialization

Track 6: Marine Resources and Environment Bioremediation
Track 6-1: Metagenomics and Synthetic Genomics for New Marine Resources
Track 6-2: Marine Industry Processes and Products
Track 6-3: Bioremediation for Bacterial Biofilms and Biofouling
Track 6-4: Bioremediation for Spilled Oils on the Sea
Track 6-5: Novel Marine Biotechnology for Conservations and Environment Protections

Track 7: Business Forum on Marine Biotechnology
-5 Open Sessions for Free Organizations by both Tech and Product Suppliers and Investors
-Open Space for Interactive Forum (please propose)

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28 Responses to Phishy Conference

  1. raquel says:

    Scary! Here is a video about the inner life of the cell. If you haven’t seen this it is definitely worth a look. http://www.americanbiotechnologist.com/blog/a-molecular-biology-video-classic/

  2. Dave says:

    I have attended one of the conferences organized by this company in Beijing China from 23rd to 26th October this year, it was a great conference. I have received similar email early this year, and I have registered through the online process, it was fine. I have delivered my speech successfully, and most importantly, I met few people who are interested in our research. I am happy to attend the latest conference.

  3. Amanjit Gill says:

    I contributed to just one scientific paper until now and got a similar email:
    ———————————
    Dear Dr. Amanjit Gill,

    How are you?

    I was wondering if there is some technical problem in my email box. I did not receive your reply until now. We apologize if you received the letter more than once. We sincerely invite you to give a speech at Track 2-5: Neuro-Oncology of BIT Life Sciences’ 4th World Cancer Congress (WCC-2011). Will you be available at that time? It will be honor for us to have your attendance. We appreciate that you offer us a potential speech title if it is convenient. Below is a formal invitation letter to you.

    BIT’s 4th World Cancer Congress 2011
    Time: May 22-25, 2011
    Venue: World EXPO Center, Dalian, China
    Theme: Collaborative Actions against Cancer
    Website: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2011/

    Dear Dr. Amanjit Gill,
    Based upon your great contributions to the field of oncology, the organizing committee cordially invites you to give a speech at Track 2-5: Neuro-Oncology of BIT Life Sciences’ 4th World Cancer Congress (WCC-2011). The theme of the conference is Collaborative Actions against Cancer, and it will be held from May 22 to May 25, 2011 in Dalian, China.

    The World Cancer Congress has been held successfully the past three years in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore respectively, and has attracted over 600 eminent speakers and 1000 participants each time. The fourth congress promises to be an even greater event that will emphasize practical and advanced ideas for accelerating cancer research and therapy.

    Some of the renowned speakers who have confirmed their participation in the event include:

    Dr. Isaac Djerassi, Winner of the 1972 Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award; Professor, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, USA
    Dr. Michael Sela, Institute Professor of Immunology, Past President, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    Dr. Paul W. H. I. Parren, Scientific Director and Senior Vice President, Genmab, Netherlands
    Dr. Peter P. Chou, Director of Scientific Affairs, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, USA
    Dr. Moshe Szyf, Professor, Director, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University, Canada

    The conference will consist of 10 scientific tracks, panel discussions, poster presentations, and an exhibition. Through these activities we hope to provide participants with a platform for discussing the latest issues facing the field of oncology, and many opportunities for networking and forming new partnerships.

    We look forward to seeing you in Dalian in 2011 for this influential event.

    For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2011/.
    Sincerely yours,

    Nancy Shao,
    Program Coordinator
    Organizing Committee of WCC-2011
    26 Gaoneng St., F4
    Dalian Hightech Zone
    Dalian, LN 116025, China
    Tel: 0086-411-84799609-821
    Fax: 0086-411-84799629
    Email: nancy@cancercon.com
    Website at: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2011/
    ———————————

  4. MLM says:

    ‘Dave’,

    Good try – your english is almost perfect – your response is just part of this scam. Real conferences don’t work like this. Its a pity only a few people were interested in your research.

  5. Siva says:

    I am also received the similar kind of email as followed

    Dear Siva,
    We just want to deliver our warmest regards and hope you can advise your opinion in participation to our meeting BIT’s 1st Annual World Congress of Marine Biotechnology (WCMB-2011) as a speaker. We wonder your silence to several invitations from us previously, but some news below may benefit your attention.

    So far, we have invited 10 Nobel Prize Laureates and they have confirmed their participation already. Since April 25th to 30th, you will enjoy one Nobelist Forum for each day. Sincerely hope you can cherish this valuable chance to have a communication with so many Nobel Prize winners also renowned audiences and attendees from academy to industry.

    We really appreciate any consultation in WCMB-2011 from you!

    Best Regards,

    Ms. Doris Han
    Organizing Committee of WCMB-2011
    26 Gaoneng St., F4
    Dalian Hightech Zone
    Dalian, LN 116025, China
    Tel: 0086-411-84799609 ext 833
    Fax: 0086-411-84796898
    Email: doris@bit-ibio.com

  6. Per says:

    I was also invited to this conference, and at first I was suspicuous too (for many reasons) and eventually decided not to go (for other reasons). However, if the company is a scam – I must say that they put a lot of work into the scam. They even publish photographs and websites from previous conferences they have organised (scammed?) …..
    I have been fooled (once) by a booking company on the web. However, completely different approach – no personal contacts, no functioning telephone numbers on the website, website up for a short period, no secure way of paying.

    For those thinking of attending the conference and want to reduce risk – try the telephone numbers, check with the hotels they suggest. If anything shady, contact Chinese authorities if possible. I don´t think this kind of scam will go down well in China.

    And to MLM about your comment to Dave – please accept that all people do not have English as their first language, which by definition does not make them part of this (possible) scam. I had no problem to understand what Dave meant by “a few people whoa are interested in my research”.

  7. Michael says:

    Hey Dave, just thought I’d help you role play a native English speaker:

    I have attended one of the conferences organized by this company in Beijing, China from 23rd to 26th October this year,. It was a great conference. I have received a similar email early this year and I have registered through the online process, it was fine. I have delivered my speech successfully, and most importantly, I met a few people who are interested in our research. I am happy planning to attend the latest upcoming conference.

    Please put me up in a room in one of your many lovely hotels as described on your various websites.

  8. Labrat123 says:

    Hi everyone and thanx for your warnings!
    I guess a lot of young researchers feel flattered when being invited as a speaker…
    Website looks quite professional, but prices are high…
    Here the latest fake-email:

    The 1st World congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 (WCEB-2011)

    Theme: Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly

    Time: October 19-22, 2011

    Venue: Dalian, China

    Website: http://bitconferences.com/wceb2011/

    —————————————————————————————————————————-

    Dear Dr. M. Majewsky,

    We are proud to announce that the World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 (WCEB-2011) with a theme of “Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly” will be held during October 19-22, 2011 at World Expo Center, Dalian, China. Now we’re calling for experts in the area of Environmental Biotechnology to make experience exchanges around the world. On behalf of the organizing committee, we’re pleased to welcome you to offer a speech at Section 5-12: Active Sludge Modeling and Processes.

    (Session details PS: http://www.bitconferences.com/wceb2011/tech_program.asp )

    As you know, environmental biotechnology is currently experiencing a dramatic increasing; it has become a key element of the interactions between nature and society and is considered a key input for environmental biotechnology development. This focused event pays tribute to the growing significance of environmental biotechnology. For these reasons, we are fully committed to organizing a world-class program to initiate a sustainable platform for exchanging up-to the minute upstream and downstream achievements, industrial needs and research opportunities of environmental biotechnology fields in Asia Pacific Rim.

    WCEB-2011 will bring more than 400 world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of Environmental Biotechnology to meet and present their latest activities. This will be a platform for open debate, discussion, proposals of practical and evidence-based solutions. We also hope WCEB-2011 can meet the challenges and demands by related societies to help developing new strategies and methodologies under international standard to support climate change control.

    It is up to all of you to make of our 1st Annual World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology a memorable meeting. Dalian, as the most beautiful coastal city in northern China, is keen on making great efforts on improving living environment to the mitigation of climate change. Welcome to Dalian and enjoy your stay in one of the most beautiful and attractive city!

    For more information, please see: http://www.bitconferences.com/wceb2011/ . It will be highly appreciated if you could answer the following questions:

    1. Would you like to join us as a Science Advisory Broad member?

    2. What topic would like to talk about at our conference? Could you please forward us a speech title and a brief introduction to the topic?

    3. Do you have any suggestions about our scientific program or want to chair/ co-organize one of the sessions?

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Dalian, 2011.

    Best Regards,

    Ms. Betty Chen

    Program Coordinator

    Organizing Committee of the WCEB-2011

    26 Gaoneng St., R405, Dalian Hightech Zone

    Dalian , LN 116025, China

    Tel: 0086-411-84799609-813

    Fax: 0086-411-84799629

    Email: betty@bitpetrobio.cn

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Program

    Opening Ceremony and Keynote Forum
    Chapter 1: Environmental Bioscience
    Section 1-1: Environmental Pollution, Law and Public Health
    Section 1-2: Molecular Microbial Ecology for a Better Environmental Control
    Section 1-3: Environmental Molecular Cell Biology
    Section 1-4: Toxicology and Bio-Assessment
    Section 1-5: Genetics and Environmental Microbes
    Section 1-6: Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Bioengineering
    Section 1-7: Plant, Crop Biotechnology and Environmental Management
    Section 1-8: Animal, Aquatic Biotechnology and Environment Management
    Section 1-9: Environmental Biochemistry and Biophysics
    Section 1-10: Environmental Genomics and Proteomics
    Section 1-11: Metagenomics and Soil Microbiology
    Section 1-12: Marine Metagenomics and Environment Protection
    Section 1-13: Geomicrobiology and Environment Protection
    Section 1-14: Phytotechnology for Environment Management
    Section 1-15: Biodiversity Conservation, Mapping and Management

    Chapter 2: Leading Technology in Environmental Biotechnology
    Section 2-1: Miniaturization of Robust Devices for COD and BOD Assays
    Section 2-2: Bioinformatics and Environmental Biotechnology
    Section 2-3: Microbe Immobilization Technology
    Section 2-4: Environmental Biomarkers
    Section 2-5: Biochips and Microarrays in Environmental Biotechnology
    Section 2-6: Biosensors and Environmental Biotechnology
    Section 2-7: Biofilm Reactors and Membrane Technologies
    Section 2-8: Nanobiotechnology and Environmental Engineering
    Section 2-9: DNA Gene Probes and PCR Technology
    Section 2-10: Immunoassay and Bioluminascent Technology
    Section 2-11: GIS, Statistics, and Remote Sensing
    Section 2-12: A/O Phosphorus Removal Biotechnology
    Section 2-13: Biogranulation Technologies for Wastewater Treatment
    Section 2-14: Environmental Isotopes in Bioremediation and Biodegradation
    Section 2-15: Biotechnology for Carbon Capture and Storage
    Section 2-16: Microbial Solid-State Cultivation Process and Bioreactors
    Section 2-17: Anaerobic Digestion in Suspended Growth Bioreactors
    Section 2-18: Areobic and Anoxic Suspended-Growth Biotechnology
    Section 2-19: Aerobic and Anaerobic Attached-Growth Biotechnology
    Section 2-20: Floating Biological Systems

    Chapter 3: Environmental Biotech for Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-1: Outlook of Environmental Biotechnology and Bioremediation under Law
    Section 3-2: Selection and Design of Bioreactors for Environmental Bio-engineering
    Section 3-3: System for Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-4: Antibiotic Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-5: Pharmaceutical Wastes
    Section 3-6: Soap and Detergent Wastes
    Section 3-7: Pulp and Paper Mill Wastes
    Section 3-8: Textile and Leather Wastes
    Section 3-9: Phosphate Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-10: Pesticide Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-11: Rubber Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-12: Power Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-13: Tanning Industry Wastes
    Section 3-14: Chemical Industry Organic Wastes
    Section 3-15: Painting, Coating and Lubricant Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-16: Starch Factory Wastes
    Section 3-17: Cellulose Waste Pollution from Sugar Industry
    Section 3-18: Food Processing Wastewater
    Section 3-19: Fruit Juice, Beverage and Wine Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-20: Dairy Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-21: Aquaculture Wastes
    Section 3-22: Wastes from Vegetable Oil and Shortening Production
    Section 3-23: Decolorized Bacterial Strains for Dye Industry Wastes
    Section 3-24: Biological Degradation of Phenol and Anilne Residues
    Section 3-25: Sulfate-riched Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-26: Nitrogen-riched Industrial Wastes
    Section 3-27: Electronics Recycling and E-Wastes
    Section 3-28: Biodegradation of Chlorinated Compounds
    Section 3-29: Biodegradation of Ammonium Perchlorate Wastes
    Section 3-30: Removal of Metal Ions from Aqueous Solutions
    Section 3-31: Biosorbents for Reactive Dyes and Heavy Metal Ions
    Section 3-32: Microbial Model for the Management of Nuclear Wastes

    Chapter 4: Biotech for Municipal and Countryside Waste Management
    Section 4-1: Biotreatment of Sewage System
    Section 4-2: Polluted Effluents Bioremediation
    Section 4-3: City Waste Water Bioremediation
    Section 4-4: Biotechnology for Odor and Air Pollution Control and Quality Control
    Section 4-5: Biotreatment for Contaminated Mud and Composting of Garden Plants
    Section 4-6: Biotech for Cleansing the Soil of Toxins
    Section 4-7: Bioremdiation for City Sludge Ponds
    Section 4-8: Biophysico-chemical Remediation Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil
    Section 4-9: Microbial System for In Situ Bioremediation of Organic Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
    Section 4-10: Microbial Degradation of Pesticides
    Section 4-11: Biodegradable of Synthetic Polymers
    Section 4-12: Biodegradation of Daily Used Plastics
    Section 4-13: Biotechnology for Controlling Air Pollution from Construction Chemicals
    Section 4-14: Air Pollution Monitoring and Modeling
    Section 4-15: Indoors with Emissions Management
    Section 4-16: Sediments, Modeling and Bioprocessing
    Section 4-17: Wetlands and Bioremediation

    Chapter 5: Biological Treatment Processes of Pollutants
    Section 5-1: Water Cleantech: Membrane, Purification & Desalination
    Section 5-2: Bioremediation Modeling and Process
    Section 5-3: Phytoremediation Modeling and Process
    Section 5-4: Biomineralization, Biometallurgy and Biomining
    Section 5-5: Algae Photosynthesis in Wastewater Treatment
    Section 5-6: Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation Modeling and Process
    Section 5-7: Bioaugumentation and Biomagnification Process
    Section 5-8: Bioleaching Methods and Application
    Section 5-9: Bioremediation or Biodegradation by Subsurface Treatment
    Section 5-10: Submerge Aeration Biotreatment
    Section 5-11: Surface and Spray Aeration Treatment
    Section 5-12: Active Sludge Modeling and Processes
    Section 5-13: Pure Oxygen Activated Sludge Processes
    Section 5-14: Waste Stabilized Sludge Ponds and Lagoons
    Section 5-15: Trickling Filters
    Section 5-16: Rotating Biological Contactors
    Section 5-17: Sequence Batch Bioreactors
    Section 5-18: Oxidation Ditch
    Section 5-19: Biological Nitrification and Denitrification Processes
    Section 5-20: Anaerobic Digestion and Aerobic Digestion
    Section 5-21: Biosolids Compositing
    Section 5-22: Vermicompositing Processes
    Section 5-23: Biological Oder and VOC Control Processes
    Section 5-24: Bioremediation for Air Conditioning Wastes
    Section 5-25: Green Manure

    Chapter 6: Monitoring Toxins
    Section 6-1: Monitoring Biological Indicators and Recovery
    Section 6-2: Biomarkers for Environmental Toxin Monitoring
    Section 6-3: Molecular and Cell Biology in Environmental Monitoring
    Section 6-4: Biosensors for the Environmental Monitoring of Aquatic Systems
    Section 6-5: LC-MS for Environmental Toxicology
    Section 6-6: Water Pollution Monitoring
    Section 6-7: Microbial Monitoring
    Section 6-8: ELISA for Environmental Monitoring
    Section 6-9: Electronic Microscopy
    Section 6-10: Gene Differentiation Technology

    Chapter 7: Case Studies of Promising Bio-products and Bio-Methodologies
    Section 7-1: Microbial Blend
    Section 7-2: Enzymes, Microbial Blends/Enzyme
    Section 7-3: Biosurfactants
    Section 7-4: Biopolymers
    Section 7-5: Nutrients and Micronutrients
    Section 7-6: Extremophiles
    Section 7-7: Biofertilizer
    Section 7-7: Biopesticides and Bioinsectcides
    Section 7-9: Biomethanization
    Section 7-10: Miscellaneous Functional Biomolecules

    Chapter 8: Renewable Energy from Wastes
    Section 8-1: Challenges and Opportunities of Bio-waste as Feedstock for Biofuel
    Section 8-2: Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology for Waste-to-Bioenergy
    Section 8-3: Biomethanization from Organic Municipal Wastes
    Section 8-4: Bioenergy from Food Waste and Discarded Vegetable Oil Wastes
    Section 8-5: Bioenergy from Livestock Wastes
    Section 8-6: Bioenergy from Dairy Products and Bakery Wastes
    Section 8-7: Bioenergy from Personal Hygiene Products, Disposable Diapers and Paper Based Packaging
    Section 8-8: Bioenergy from Agricultural Wastes
    Section 8-9: Biofuel from Forestry Wood Byproducts and Timber Waste
    Section 8-10: Biofuel from Aquatic Plants and Manure
    Section 8-11: Electricity Generation from Biowaste
    Section 8-12: Consolidated Bioprocessing for Waste Conversion to Bioenergy

    Chapter 9: Business of Environmental Biotechnology
    Section 9-1: Need For Biotechnology In Environmental Management
    Section 9-2: Water Pollution, Biotreatment and Water Quality Control
    Section 9-3: Industrial Wastewater Biotreatment and Business Development
    Section 9-4: Toxic Monitoring Market Outlook
    Section 9-5: Technology Licensing, Partnering and Investment
    Section 9-6: Novel Product Development and Industrialization
    Section 9-7: Environmental Education and Legislative Aspect

    Chapter 10: Special Symposium: Environmental Biotechnology meets Petroleum HSE
    Section 10-1: HSE and Biotechnology on Oil & Gas Fields
    Section 10-2: Characterization of Petroleum Pollutants
    Section 10-3: Microbial functions for degradation/transformation of pollutants
    Section 10-4: Isolation, Breeding and Genetic Engineering of Pollutants; Degradation Microorganisms
    Section 10-5: Microbiology and Hydrocarbon Degradation Microbes
    Section 10-6: Bioproducts for Biodegradation of Petroleum Contaminants
    Section 10-7: Bioabatement for Petroleum Heavy Metal Removal
    Section 10-8: Biotechnology for Reservoir Souring Control
    Section 10-9: Biotech for Microbial Induced Corrosion
    Section 10-10: Bioremediation for Marine Oil Spill
    Section 10-11: Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soil
    Section 10-12: Bioremediation of Petroleum Sludge Ponds
    Section 10-13: Biotreatment for Petroleum Contaminated Water
    Section 10-14: Grease Trap and Septic Tank Cleaning Products
    Section 10-15: Petroleum Biotech for Desulfurization and Denitrogenation
    Section 10-16: Bioremediation of Oil Refinery Wastes
    Section 10-17: Treatment of Distillation Effluent Wastes

  9. anonym says:

    Dear Admin,
    please would you delete the real names of persons…
    Thank you!

  10. Per says:

    A report from this “scam” can be found on

    http://www.bitlifesciences.com/wcmb2011/

    • anon says:

      The conference may be genuine, but the invitation may not be. That would be an especially clever scam.

      I received a similar questionable email, for an event way out of my field of expertise

  11. Anonymous76 says:

    Hi all,

    I would like to add that I have been receiving similar emails for a cancer-related conference and was happy to come across this site to verify my sense that it wasn’t legitimate – see below:

    BIT’s 5th Annual World Congress of Cancer 2012

    Theme: Hand-in-Hand for Caring

    Time: May 18-20, 2012

    Venue: Beijing, China

    Website: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2012/

    I’m writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much.

    I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once. On behalf of the Meeting Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to give a speech at BIT’s 5th Annual World Congress of Cancer 2012 with a theme of Hand-in-Hand for Caring.

    BIT Congress is proud to launch the 5th Anniversary of World Cancer Congress (WCC), which will be held from May 18 to May 20, 2012 in Beijing, China

    This is an invitation for you to join us in this congress. You can talk about Internet use leads cancer patients to be active health care consumers… at the IT171: Cancer Bioinformatics and Informatics under the Track 1: Breaking Cancer Research and Technology Innovations by submitting your speech title and CV to us. If the suggested thematic session is not your current focused core, you may look through the whole sessions and transfer another one that fit your interest(more info about the congress is available at http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2012/).

    This Conference will continue the resounding success of the past conferences in Beijing and will provide a groundbreaking scientific program will draw together many cancer specialists from a wide range of disciplines from all over the world.

    Through this international congress it hopes to build upon and develop the great successes already achieved over the past few years. The congress theme of this year is “Hand-in-Hand for Caring” in keeping with the rapid growth and results in cancer research and care throughout the world. The 3-day diverse program has been designed to cover the breadth of oncology from cancer epidemiology and prevention, from drug discovery to cancer treatment and palliative care. It will also cover the main oncological aspects of these themes from molecular biology and genetics, to targeted therapies, innovation technology radiotherapy and imaging.

    The program is a very interesting mix of plenary lectures, the technical sessions, educational training courses, practical clinical case as well as industry supported symposia will provide delegates with information on the latest developments in basic science and clinical treatment. Several workshops and posters / papers session will be held concurrently to allow sharing of the excellent experience. The high profile speakers will provide productive form to greatly refresh the participant’s knowledge and experience. Participants will enhance practical knowledge for everyday use and explore the most up-to-date information regarding the treatment of cancer.

    Please seize this wonderful opportunity and feel free to participate actively in all areas of the conference, I feel confident that you will enjoy both of the scientific program and the fine, traditional city of Beijing.

    To facilitate us to know your further interest, we appreciate your advices on:
    1. Focused session and speech titles.

    2. What’s your opinion to be the session chair/moderator?

    Further info about the program, please visit is available at http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2012/fullprogram.asp

    Sincerely yours,

    Ms. Sherry Liu

    Organizing Committee of World Cancer Congress-2012

    East Area, F11, Building 1,

    Dalian Ascendas IT Park,

    1 Hui Xian Yuan,

    Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone,

    LN 116025, China

    Tel: 0086-411-84799609-822

    Fax: 0086-411-84799629

    Email: sherry@bitlifesciences.com

    Track 1: Breaking Cancer Research and Technology Innovations

    Section 1-1: Cancer Pathophysiology

    CP110: Mechanism of Metastasis and Invasion

    CP111: Formation of the Primary Tumor

    CP112: Progressive Growth and Angiogenesis

    CP113: Transport of Cancer ells

    CP114: Oncologic Emergencies

    CP115: Environmental Carcinogens

    CP116: Identification of Oncogenes and Cancers

    Section 1-2: Cancer Biomarkers

    CB120: Emerging Technologies for Cancer Biomarker Discovery and Assay

    DNA Microarray

    CB121: Genomic, Proteomic and Transcriptomic-based Biomarkers in Cancer

    CB122: Biomarkers for the Treatment and Progression of Cancers

    CB123: Biomarkers for the Prognosis of Cancers

    CB124: Methodologies and Applications of Cancer Biomarkers

    Section 1-3: Insight into Human Cancers

    MC1300: Cancer System Biology

    MC1301: Tumor Genetics and Cancer Epigenetics
    MS1302: Cancer Genomics, Genomic Instability, and Genome Surveillance

    MC1303: Cancer DNA Damage, DNA Repair, and Mitosis
    MC1304: Oncogenes, Tumor Suppressors, p53 and Regulation

    MC1305: Novel Pathways and Regulations of Cancers

    MC1306: Cancer/Tumor Adhesion, Migration, Invasion and Metastasis

    MC1307: Tumor Angiogenesis

    MC1308: Chromatin Regulation, Telomerase and Cancers

    MC1309: Interactions between Host and Tumor

    MC1310: Mitochondria and Cancer

    MC1311: Cancer Cell Cycle and Check Points

    MC1312: Tumor Microenvironment Interactions

    MC1313: Cancer Immunomodulation

    MC1314: Killing the Tumor Cell

    MC1315: Mechanisms of Drug Resistance and Tumor Microenvironment

    MC1316: Hematopoietic Growth Factors in Oncology

    MC1317: Cancer Profiling

    MC1318: Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy

    MC1319: Molecular Pathology and Toxicology of Cancer

    Section 1-4: Circulating Tumor Cells

    CTC140: Emerging Technologies for CTC-based Cancer Detection

    CTC141: Biological and Molecular Characterization of CTCs

    CTC142: Molecular Signatures of CTCs

    CTC143: CTCs for Cancer Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment

    CTC144: Clinical Implications of CTCs Analysis on CTC-Tumor Relationship

    Section 1-5: Cancer Stem Cells

    CSC150: Molecular Biology of Cancer Stem Cells and Clinical Interrelationships

    CSC151: The Cancer Stem Cell Niche

    CSC152: Reprogramming and Plasticity of Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs)

    CSC153: Cancer Stem Cells Signaling Pathways and Implications

    CSC154: Breaking Research on Different Cancer Stem Cells

    Section 1-6: Metabolism and Cancer

    MC160: Studying Metabolism in Model Organism

    MC161: Stress Response and Metabolism Involved in Cancer

    MC162: Metabolic Influence of Epigenetics on Cancer

    MC163: Metabolism and Programmed Cell Death

    MC164: Metabolism, ER and Mitochondria

    Section 1-7: Innovative Technologies in Cancer Research

    IT170: Protein Chips, Tissue Chips, Lab-On-Chip and Microfluidic

    IT171: Cancer Bioinformatics and Informatics

    IT172: Animal Models and Mathematical Models
    IT173: Nanotechnology in Cancer Research

    Section 1-8: Translational Oncology

    TO180: Tumor Biomarkers in Clinical Trials

    TO181: Translation of Cancer Genomes and Integration of Cancer Omics Data

    TO182: Personalized Medicine for Cancers

    TO183: Developing Rational Strategies for Combination Therapy

    TO184: Novel Clinical Trial Design and Companion Diagnostics

    Track 2: Tobacco Control and Cancers

    TC200: Science, Policy and Public Health on Tobacco Control

    TC201: The Growing Tobacco Epidemic, Cancer Risks and Prevention

    TC202: Tobacco Carcinogenesis, Pharmacology, Mechanisms and Biomarkers

    TC203: Tobacco and Lung Cancer

    TC204: Tobacco Control Products and Treatment

    Track 3: Anticancer Drug Discovery

    -The Search for More Smart Drugs

    AD300: New Targets, New Technologies for Anticancer Therapeutics

    AD301: Drug Design and Lead Optimization

    AD302: High Throughput Screening: Targets, Assays, and Libraries

    AD303: Biomarker in Anticancer Drug Discovery

    AD304: Pharmacology, ADMET and Anticancer Drug Discover

    AD305: Targeting Angiogenesis

    AD306: Targeting Cancer Stem Cell Pathway

    AD307: Targeting Cell Cycle and Checkpoints

    AD308: Targeting DNA Damage Response, DNA Repair, Mitosis and Apoptosis

    AD309: Targeting Cancer Epigenetics and The Epigenome

    AD310: Targeting Nuclear Serine-Threonine Kinases

    AD311: Targeting PI3-Akt-mTOR Pathway and Other Protein Kinases

    AD312: Targeting Signaling Pathways and Signal Transduction

    AD313: Targeting Ubiquitin-related Pathway

    AD314: Targeting Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) and Chemokine Receptors

    AD315: Targeting Apoptotic Pathways for Novel Therapies in Cancer

    AD316: Targeting Wnt Signaling and Hedgehog Signaling Pathways

    AD317: Abl and bcr-abl Inhibition

    AD318: Telomerase Inhibition

    AD319: Inhibition of c-KIT

    AD320: Inhibition of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor (PDGFR) and VEGF

    AD321: Next Generation Proteasome Inhibitors

    AD322: Anticancer Monoclonal Antibody Discovery

    AD323: Anticancer Vaccine and Novel Adjuvant Approaches

    AD324: Gene Therapy, and RNAi based Anticancer Drug Discovery

    AD325: Anticancer Drug Discovery by Inhibition of Stem Cell Signaling

    AD326: Design New Molecules to Surpass Anticancer Drug Resistance

    AD327: Aurora Kinases and Their Inhibitors

    AD328: BRAF Targeted Therapy of Melanoma

    AD329: Targeting Cell Surface Proteins/Apoptosis

    AD330: Targeting Tumor Stroma Interaction

    AD331: T-Cell Therapies for Cancers

    AD332: Targeted Hormonal Therapies

    AD333: Targeting Tumor Metabolism

    AD334: Novel Cancer Drug Delivery Systems

    AD335: Update on Clinical Trials on Anticancer Therapeutics

    Track 4: Professional Networking Program

    PN 400: Meet-the-Expert-Tumor Biologists

    PN 401: Meet-the Expert-Tumor Immunologiests

    PN 402: Meet-the-Expert: Clinical Oncologists

    PN 403: Meet-the-Expert: Oncological Computation Experts

    PN 404: Meeting with Pioneers: Distinguished Leading Scientists

    PN 405: Meeting with Future Mentors: Learning the Graduate Study Programs

    PN 406: Meeting with Editors: How to Publish Your Research Results?

    PN 407: Meeting with Fund Managers: How to Write Your Successful Grant?

    PN408: Meeting with Successful CEOs: How to Succeed in Your Entrepreneurship

    PN 409: Career Advancement Tracks: Job Listing from Academia and Industries

    Track 5: Clinical Oncology and Medical Practice

    Section 5-1: Diagnosis and Prognosis of Cancers

    DP510: Imaging to Detect Recurrent Cancer

    DP511: Blood tests, Cancer Biomarkers for Molecular Diagnosis

    DP512: Proteomic Profiling for Cancer Diagnosis

    DP513: Real-time PCR and Amplification of Other Technologies

    DP514: Imaging and Diagnosis: X-Rays, MRI and MRCP, CT Scanning, PET and Ultrasound

    Section 5-2: Clinical Research on Cancers

    CT5200: Practical Cancer Chemotherapy

    CT5201: Radiotherapy and Medical Device Therapy for Cancer

    CT5202: Hormone Therapy in Cancer

    CT5203: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine

    CT5204: Sirtuins, Obesity, and Cancer

    CT5205: Cancer Surgery, and Symptom Management

    CT5206: Robotics and Tumor Mini-invasive Therapy

    CT5207: Botanical Medicine for Cancers in Clinical Practice

    CT5208: Integrative Medicine and Interventional Methods in Oncology

    CT5209: Systemic Treatment for Cancer

    CT5210: Clinical Development of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR)

    CT5211: Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors: What Lessons Have We Learned?

    Section 5-3: Case Analysis on Diversified Cancers/Solid Tumors

    CR5300: Lung and Mediastinum Cancers

    CR5301: Breast Cancer

    CR5302: Esophageal/Stomach Cancer

    CR5303: Prostate Cancer

    CR5304: Colorectal Cancer, Colon, Rectal and Anal Cancer Management

    CR5305: Melanoma and Non-melanoma Skin Cancers

    CR5306: Kidney Cancer, Renal Cell Cancer and Adrenal Cancers

    CR5307: Head and Neck Cancers: Nasopharyngeal, Oral Cavity Cancers

    CR5308: Hematologic Malignancies

    CR5309: Bone, Sarcoma Cancers and Soft Tissue Cancers

    CR5310: Overian, Cervical, Vulva, Vagina, Uterine Malignancies and Endometrial

    Cancers

    CR5311: Neuroendocrine, CNS Tumors and Glioblastoma

    Section 5-4: Cancer Nursing and Support Care

    CN540: Oncology Nursing and Clinical Pain Management

    CN541: Palliative Care and Psycho-Oncology

    CN542: Quality of Life in Long-term Cancer Survivors

    CN543: Cancer Survivorship Research

    Track 6: Cancer Prevention, Epidemiology, and Public Health

    CP600: Cancer Genetics, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention

    CP601: Cancer Screening , Monitoring, and Counseling for High-Risk Populations

    CP602: Food Carcinogen and Safety Control in Public Health

    CP603: Cancer Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Complementary Therapy

    CP604: Environment and Breast Cancer

  12. drB says:

    I do not think these conferences are a scam. Rather, these are commercial enterprises trying to make money off participants by abnormally high registration fees and probably selling overpriced tours. Nothing wrong with that if it would be possible to opt out of their emails.

  13. alison says:

    Has anyone had a paper solicited by:
    7th CJB International Conference on Biotechnology and Science 2012, to be held on Sept 12-14th, 2012 at the Grosvenor House, JW Marriot, London? What they are offering seems too good to be true, with their available grants. Their website is http://www.icbs2012.cjb.net
    Thanks so much for any reply!!

  14. Eddie the Eagle says:

    Just got invited to http://www.bitconferences.com/mts2012/default.asp.

    The first thing that made me suspicious was the unreasonably big complements they give you in their email. Another fishy thing I noticed was that they had no reputable sponsors, and no well-known names in the committee. And the registration fees were of course ridiculously high, this taken into account. While these guys ask for 2000USD, reputable IEEE conferences ask for 1000USD. So after a few Google searches I found http://www.oceanographerschoice.com/2010/09/phishy-conference/.

    I don’t doubt that this is some kind of scam, but I’m quite impressed by the amount of work they have laid down into it.

  15. Nicolas says:

    They are really involved in all fields of science, and probably have real scientists involved because it is quite accurate. I was pretty sure it was a scam and thus googled it, and came up here. I wonder how they find scientists. Any ideas? Web of science? University websites?

    Dear Dr.**** ******* ,

    How are you doing now?

    I am Maya, the Program Coordinator of 2nd Annual International Symposia of Mycology (ISM-2012), I am writing the letter to make sure if you have received my letter previously, it is about the conference: ISM-2012 which will be held on July 30 to August 1, 2012 in Guangzhou, China.

    Based upon your great contributions to this particular field, we’d like to invite you to deliver an oral presentation at ISM 4-1: Fungal Ecology, Diversity and Metabolites The details of the sessions are:

    ISM-1: Basic Research on Mycology

    ISM 1-1: Breaking R & D in Molecular Mycology

    ISM 1-2: Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Fungi

    ISM 1-3: Fungal Genetics and Genomics

    ISM 1-4: Fungal Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics

    ISM 1-5: Medical and Veterinary Mycology

    ISM 1-6: Biological Control of Fungi

    ISM 1-7: Plant Pathogenic Fungi

    ISM 1-8: Fungal Distribution and Diversity

    ISM -2: Antifungal Drug Discovery

    ISM -3: Fungal Disease, Diagnosis and Clinical Management

    ISM 3-1: Clinical Mycology and Human Mycoses

    ISM 3-2: Systematic Fungal Infection and Treatment

    ISM 3-3: Diagnosis to Prevention of Aspergillosis Infection

    ISM 3-4: Mycology involving Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues

    ISM 3-5: Clinical Perspectives of Invasive Fungal Infections

    ISM 3-6: Nosocomial Fungal Infections

    ISM 3-7: Clinical Management of Severe Fungal Infection

    ISM -4: Fungal Biotechnology

    ISM 4-1: Fungal Ecology, Diversity and Metabolites

    ISM 4-2: Fungal Resistant Crops

    ISM 4-3: Fungi in Weed Control

    ISM 4-4: Antibiotics, Enzymes and Chemical Commodities from Fungi

    ISM 4-5: Pigments from Fungi

    ISM 4-6: Yeast Fermentation and Fungi in Brewing Processes

    ISM 4-7: Natural Products and Manufacturing from Fungi
    ISM 4-8: Fungi in Environmental Bioremediatio

    For the program details: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/wcm2012/fullprogram_ism.asp

    If it is not of interest to you, please disregard and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. To prevent further emails, go to http://www.bitcongress.com/Unsubscribe.asp

    Sincerely Yours,

    Ms. Maya Chen

    Program Coordinator

    Organizing Committee of ISM-2012, China

    East Wing, 11F,

    Dalian Ascendas IT Park

    No. 1 Hui Xian Yuan,

    Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone

    LN 116025, P.R.China

    Tel: 0086-411-84799609-813

    Fax: 0086-411-84799629

    Email: maya@bitconferences.com

  16. Wirote Tuntiwechapikul, Ph.D. says:

    I too have been contacted by this BIT’s World Cancer Conference many times. Although I am invited, I assume that I’ll need to register and pay for all fee. It’s quite common these days for them to do that. A few days ago I got another letter and I am genuinely interested since I have never been to Beijing before. I contacted them and I asked if I could pay on site since it is written in their website. They replied that I could not because they wanted to make sure all the speakers would show up, which is reasonable. I then told them to cancel my talk because my school would not support that exceedingly expensive fee. They offered me $400 discount. I am not saying that they are not legitimate. But it is really phishy. On their website, the last conference had only 400 participants. With all those big name professors, that doesn’t sound right.

  17. David Green says:

    Hi Folks,

    These conferences are legitimate. I attended one last year and it was well organized – all the eminent people (incl Nobel Prize Winner) advertised were there and presented interesting talks and there was no scam or credit card fraud. Yes, the way that they approach speakers is not the way that it is done in the USA or Europe. But perhaps you should be a bit more open to the extraordinary opportunities in China rather taking such a dismissive tone. The science capacity and investment in China is immense and engaging with that rather than libelling the organizers of a conference because it is differnet might be a better strategy. For sure not every scientific innovation will come out of the western world in the future.

    Just my small contribution to correcting the record and one based on first hand experience!

    Regards,
    Dave Green

  18. Leif says:

    Hello everybody! Frankly, I do not get that anybody would fall for these scam conf. Be certain that not a single nobel laureate will be there. If u attend you will keep a speech in front of some kind of secretary or something. Then u might get a city tour and the likes. The point is that real conf are arranged by known organisations etc who also adverts via sci journals and proper channels, NOT by email to 1st year phd students to come alongside known professors. And as u can see they also arrange phoney forums and forum messages “Dave”.

  19. Jim says:

    Total scam. I’m a facilities manager at a marine science center. In the email I received “Doris” refered to me as “Dr. Xxxxx Xxxxx” and urged me to be a keynote speaker. Ha! I could give a speech on the corrosive effects of seawater? Maybe rebuilding pumps? I really like the names. What’s more American than Dave Green? Or “Dr.” Joe Baker?

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  21. Sabrina says:

    I received the similar invitation from BIT life Science, at first glance I felt very intrigued that they invited me to attend such global scale conference as a speasker, they even arrange the speech session for me. Then I excitingly to go to their website to make the registration, when I saw the website http://www.bitlifesciences.com/icc2012/default.asp, I felt it a little bit bizarre : obscure conference host versus a whole constellation of prominent scientists. So I made a call to the conference address which is Guang Zhou Baiyun Convention Center http://www.gzbicc.com/english/index.asp to inquire whether there has any planning about this conference, however, they made clearly statement that there is no such arrangement about the congress ( supposed to be held on 2th-4th December 2012).
    Acting in indignation, I call the Police hotline of Shanghai to accuse BIT LIFE SCIENCE of fraudulent practices. Now I’m waiting the reply of their investigation.
    This kind of sham is so unacceptable, them must be crash down by justice!!
    If I got any progress about the investigation, I would share with all of you

  22. Andrew Bi says:

    I have been working at BIT Life Sciences for a few months helping them with their English. I am from The Washington, D.C. metro area and have been in Dalian, China for almost 7 months. I can’t really comment on why BIT has not pushed harder to make certain that their English communication is close to perfect in the past. I do know that Americans in China have given many Chinese and American companies here very bad impressions. Mostly, the complaints are that they are lazy and don’t feel like they need to do a good job. I suppose that may have contributed to BIT’s reluctance to want to deal with someone who won’t take the job seriously. I know that they did have a native English speaker working for them for about 7 months but it doesn’t appear as if that person got much done. Anyways, I know for a fact that BIT is a real company because I am sitting in an office with 400 other employees right now. As for the “fake” conference label, well this is just a different way of putting together a meeting. It’s a business. They never claimed anything more than that. You have to realize that it’s difficult for Easterners to understand American culture. I think that they do a nice job and they are a native Chinese company that is providing work for many people. Unlike the American companies that come here and pay workers nothing and basically plunder. I can understand being skeptical because I am sure that there are fake conferences, i.e. cases where the meetings don’t even exist. This is not one of those cases. Here is an explanation that I gave to my manager explaining criticism of BIT on blogs like this one:

    <blockquote cite="I read through the comments. I can relate to this type of western sensibility. They just misunderstand, largely because of cultural differences and things that are different from what they are used to. It is unfortunate that these comments were made but they are just the result of overly cautious Westerners with ill-formed ideas and opinions. Also, it is a good chance for BIT to think about making some adjustments for Western markets.

    Fortunately, it was nice to see that several of the bloggers came to your defense. An example:

    Per says:
    2011/07/29 at 2:41 am
    A report from this "scam" can be found on http://www.bitlifesciences.com/wcmb2011/

    You may not know that by putting "scam" in quotation marks, the person is indicating that that is not a correct description. Like if my friend tells me that he is going to work and then I say, "Oh, you are going to "work" are you?" It means that I don't think he is going to work. So, he is saying that it's obviously not a scam, just go the website and you can see that the conference was real.

    Here is another example:

    drB says:
    2011/11/23 at 1:44 pm
    I do not think these conferences are a scam. Rather, these are commercial enterprises
    trying to make money off participants by abnormally high registration fees and probably
    selling overpriced tours. Nothing wrong with that if it would be possible to opt out of
    their emails.

    I understand what he means by "abnormally high" registration fees because the conferences I have been to are about 1/2 the price of BIT's registration fees. For example, I went to the Society for Neuroscience meeting in 2005 and the registration fee for students was under $200. Because these people have been to so many conferences, it comes as a shock to see a registration price that is much more expensive than what they are used to.

    Americans need to have everything explained clearly to them and if they perceive any gaps in information, they may immediately think that something is “off” or “fishy.” So, it is a good idea to explain the difference in price. American companies have to do this all the time if the price of their product is significantly different from what their target market expects. Take Apple for example. Their early marketing explicity explained why it is worth it to pay $1000 more for their computers compared to PCs. Some of the reasons they gave is that Apple computers are higher quality, do not get viruses or malware and they last longer. So, an Apple computer can last six years and still run the latest software, while maybe a Windows laptop needs to be replaced every two years. If they had not emphasized these reasons, not many Americans would have started to pay 2X the cost of a PC to buy an Apple computer.

    So, it is important for BIT to address the difference in registration price, at least for the Western market. If nothing is said about that, Americans will just assume that their is no good reason to spend more money and immediately dismiss the invitation as a scam.

    Another thing that BIT can begin to do quickly to avoid being misunderstood in the future is to specifically tailor each invitation letter appropriately, depending on the target audience.

    Hear is an example from one of the blogs:

    Amanjit Gill says:
    2010/12/16 at 5:37 pm
    I contributed to just one scientific paper until now and got a similar email:
    Dear Dr. Amanjit Gill,
    How are you?
    I was wondering if there is some technical problem in my email box. I did not receive your reply until now.
    We apologize if you received the letter more than once. We sincerely invite you to give a speech at Track 2-5: Neuro-Oncology of BIT Life Sciences 4th World Cancer Congress (WCC-2011). Will you be available at that time? It will be honor for us to have your attendance.
    We appreciate that you offer us a potential speech title if it is convenient. Below is a formal invitation
    letter to you.

    The invitee will definitely think that something is wrong if they are invited to give a speech and they have only published five or fewer papers. There were a few other bloggers that said they had few publications and also received an invitation letter from BIT that requested for them to give a speech.

    This is an easy problem to fix. For the person from the above blog post, it is important to write an invitation letter that caters specifically to them. So, this person should definitely not be asked to give a speech. I was talking with Helen today and she even said that BIT conferences are a great chance for young investigators to present their work to old and more experienced scientists, as well as to businesses and investors. An invitation to this person should emphasize what a great opportunity it is for them, just beginning their career, to meet and share their early research. The letter can mention that a poster will probably be the most appropriate presentation for them. With a poster, they can display their work to renowned and famous scientists and business people who may be interested in their ideas or may even want to use their research to create a marketable product.

    In short, the invitation letters should be catered to the intended audience. Obviously, it is fine to ask a senior expert to give a speech, but again, definitley not someone just starting their career. Or, if BIT decides to ask a young scientist to give a speech, then you must explain why. Again, Americans need everything explained to them or they might get suspicious. They know that American conference committees would never ask them to give a speech because they haven’t worked enough, so they will seriously think that something is wrong if BIT asks them to give a speech without giving an explanation. It would be easy to explain that BIT is not an American conference platform and therefore BIT conferences present unique opportunities for even young scientists to give speeches. This may also be a reason for the higher registration price. “You only have two publications but we think that your work is brilliant, we have a platform different from the American platform so we can provide you with different opportunities and you only need to pay a little more for registration to have world-famous scientists listen to your ideas!” Or something like that.”>

    here is the response I drafted regarding BIT’s registration fees for speakers:

    Here are two reports of “fake” conferences that occured in time and space and in this world:

    http://www.bitcongress.com/nef2012/#
    http://www.bitlifesciences.com/cancer2013/eventreport.asp

  23. Andrew Bi says:

    here is the response I drafted regarding BIT’s registration fees for speakers:

    We are only able to provide assistance to keynote speakers. We encourage invited non-keynote speakers to apply for travel grants through their university or institution as we are presently not able to provide financial assistance. Most universities or institutions require a poster or speaker invitation from the inviting conference committee in order to apply for funding. We are only able to provide you with an invitation to speak, however, graduate department research travel grant offices realize the unique and relatively rare opportunity for a student or faculty representative to present at a multi-national professional meeting within mainland China, therefore a grant is a great potential avenue to cover costs.

    If this type of funding is not available to you, we hope that you find the cost of attendance a worthwhile investment. The meeting provides rare access, through BIT’s resources, to scientific research, medicine, public health and business within mainland China. BIT has strong relationships with local Chinese governments, universities, institutions and companies that are available for those interested in expanding their work into China or augmenting their home country operations with perspectives, ideas and resources from China.

    Though our registration fees are higher than what you expect, please consider that we are offering a chance to present your work to famously brilliant senior scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and business people. It is difficult to find such an opportunity for young scientists, faculty or industry professionals within the traditional society meeting platform.

  24. Saidi M says:

    A Ph.D. Student’s CRY for Help

    To: Prof. Hamid Arabnia, WORLDCOMP Coordinator, Professor of Computer Science, University of Georgia, USA

    Prof. Hamid Arabnia,
    I am a student from Africa and I am in the final stages of my Ph.D. work. I have a journal paper in ACM and a conference paper in WORLDCOMP. As per my university policy, I am required to have at least two research papers in peer-reviewed (refereed) international conferences or journals before I submit my synopsis/dissertation. While everything was fine, recently, WORLDCOMP was declared as a bogus conference with evidences and endorsements from scientists: https://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 Also see http://worldcomp-fake-bogus.blogspot.com

    Now, my university officials have stopped me from submitting the dissertation stating that WORLDCOMP is not peer-reviewed due to the evidences in these websites. They said that WORLDCOMP is completely fake and that’s why you have not responded to the open challenge at https://sites.google.com/site/dumpconf or https://sites.google.com/site/moneycomp1 I sent many emails to you requesting to respond to the open challenge and prove that WORLDCOMP is not fake so that I can show your response to my university officials and convince them and submit my dissertation. I also asked you to email me the reviews for my paper (I never received them, although your acceptance email stated that the paper was reviewed by two experts) but you are not responding. Recall that when I met you in WORLDCOMP, you offered me a reference letter and invited me to organize a session in the next conference and promised free registration for my next paper if I get at least five registered papers from others. Now I am shocked with your silence. I am clueless on what to do as I will forfeit my student status unless I submit the dissertation soon. I am facing humiliation here.

    I was attracted by the keynote speakers, sponsors, tutorials, and University of Georgia name at WORLDCOMP website. Now I feel that I made a very critical mistake by submitting to WORLDCOMP.

    As the last resort, I am posting to this mailing list/forum (where WORLDCOMP details were published in the past I think) so that you understand the seriousness. I once again ask you to provide a detailed response at WORLDCOMP’s website and prove that it is not a fake (and also email me my paper reviews). I request you to focus on this issue than organizing the next conference (and create more victims like me). I hope you still have moral values. My elderly parents are dependent on me and I am crying for help. I openly beg your response!
    Respectfully,

    Saidi
    (this is my nickname and I am using it to avoid further humiliation. I know that you will easily identify me from this nickname and from my background mentioned above).

  25. Nigel says:

    One of our distinguished professors in new Zealand was listed as a conference chair at a previous bit congress conference. He assures me that it is legitimate and the he did attend and is organising a session at the next one.
    It looks dodgy but if the big names back it as having attended and are wanting to go back then who am I to accuse them of being BS artists, my suggestion is to contact someone from a previous years conference who is reputable and find out if it’s legitimate. Talk to the horses head and not his arse. There are a lot of reputable names there and I am quite sure they can be contacted.
    Nigel

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