Wednesday, 30 December 2015

More fake conferences by WASET

From the web page 
 
Notice: a fake ICGG

Dear Colleagues, 

We would like to draw your attention to an immense academic fraud that is going on. An organization called WASET www.waset.org pretends to organize an impressive number of scientific conferences. 
 
However, there is evidence these conferences are not really what they are supposed to be. 
 
Just as an example, they are pretending to organize the 13th International Conference on Gas Geochemistry, in Bangkok in 2015 https://www.waset.org/conference/2015/12/bangkok/ICGG . They also produced a Conference flyer by collating information from the website of the previous real ICGGs. The real 13th ICGG will actually be organized in Chengdu, China by Dr. Yunpeng Wang from Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015, as a follow-up of the 12th ICGG that was held in Patras, Greece. The website of ICGG 13 is http://conf13.ic-gg.org
 
Probably most of the conferences advertised on the WASET website are in the same situation. By browsing the internet, you can find many complaints of scientists that paid a registration fee to a WASET conference that never happened, and have lost their money. 
 
It is most likely that the Committee members that are listed on the WASET conferences websites are not aware of this. As an example, I was looking for a person named Zsuzsanna Libor from Cranfield University, included in the Conference Committee of the fake ICGG13. It seems this person has no interest in gas geochemistry, and it is not clear if she still is with Cranfield University. If you search on Google “zsuzsanna libor waset”, you will find at least 20 WASET “conferences” that are listing her as a Committee member.
 
The scientific community should be warned about this practice, in order to avoid any inconvenience related to this. 
 
                                                                       The International Scientific Committee of ICGG
                                                                       The local organization committee of ICGG 13
 
 

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