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Would you attend this workshop if we sought to raise a larger fraction of costs from registration fees (in which case registration fees would be several hundred dollars or Euros more than for IWSP4) rather than from sponsors.
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1Jun 29, 2009 7:50 PMSponsors are good-interaction with industry is key anyway
2Jun 29, 2009 8:46 PMWhatever works.
3Jun 29, 2009 9:32 PMI have attended a number of clinical courses or symposia over the years; in comparison, I thought the registration fees for IWSP4 were quite moderate or a bit lowish
4Jun 30, 2009 6:19 AMI feel the current registration fee for the workshops is just appropriate. I would not prefer more scheduled activities in the evening or more meals provided if this would demand a higher registration fee. Nevertheless, selecting a venue for the workshop which is in a close vicinity with different places where one could have lunch, dinner etc, is definitely preferable (as happened in the previous two workshops which I attended).
5Jun 30, 2009 8:44 AMIt is a tricky balance, but travel budgets are limited, so getting support from sponsors is OK as long as they do not affect the programme (though I can live with a specific industry session).
6Jun 30, 2009 9:21 AMThe price for the current workshop was very reasonable. The most expensive was the hotel (600$) and the travel (260$ from NYC). The overall cost was around 1200$ which would be probably the top I can ask my advisor for. Higher registration would make it hard for students to participate. I would rather make the social events (jazz museum dinner) optional (they can be selected during registration) same with free lunches and snacks so the price for the registration doesn't change. Would be also great if there is some way of putting together people for a hotel. Since I didn't know much people on this workshop, I had to take a room in a hotel alone, which is very expensive. Crash space might be fun specially for grad students like me.
7Jun 30, 2009 9:29 AMI would attend, but I think it is not bad to get sponsoring to keep the fees as low as possible.
8Jun 30, 2009 8:00 PMThere is certainly a high degree of involvement by industry sponsors, but except for that one session the impact on the science presentations appeared to be minimal. However, hotel and travel costs often dwarf registration fees, so attention to those issues would help mitigate higher fees - Kansas City was a very nice choice in that regard.
9Jul 1, 2009 3:13 PMThis is absolutely not preferable, but if necessary, I would still participate since I find the workshop very useful.
10Jul 1, 2009 5:44 PMObviously more monetary support from registration fees would lower the work load on the organizers. I believe a harmonious balance between raising registration fees and sponsor support should be achieved.
11Jul 4, 2009 6:13 AMI understand this is a basic issue, but higher fees may become impossible for some to attend. In my case, I could get a grant for the travel allowance, but if the fees raise too much, I would not be able to attend if I do not have a specific project grant on it. I would make an effort only if I have a very big interest, as I did this time because I am finishing my PhD and my research fits exactly on the workshop. I do not know how it works in other countries, but as many of the participants are students, I am not sure if they could be able to afford it. In this sense, I have seen that emergent countries do not participate. As Prof. Markus Müller said (in the 3rd workshop), in countries like Mexico, we may not have the infrastructure that other countries have, but we still make research, also analytic work. I am sure that you would find worthfull research if you would consider these countries. But of course, there is no enough support to send several students or researchers to participate.
12Jul 8, 2009 12:28 PMBut I don't think this is necessary. Collaboration with sponsors is central to the idea of translational work, which is precisely what seizure prediction is all about.
13Jul 9, 2009 6:59 PMThe cheaper the registration, the better. The only down side of sponsorship is the work required to get it and the possible interference by sponsors. I think that registration higher than $250 will significantly discourage people
14Jul 10, 2009 5:36 AMI will continue to participate as long as I am involved with this program.
15Jul 11, 2009 9:35 PMAlthought the answer is "yes" I would prefer the current sponsorship and registration policy. High registration fees suggest establishing a formal profile of the meeting, including among others earning accreditation points for physicians and possibly other specialists. It will decrease in my view the informal nature of the workshop.
16Jul 22, 2009 2:05 PMnone
17Jul 24, 2009 6:04 PMIN current funding situation it is difficult to cover costs of attendance
18Jul 24, 2009 7:00 PMPeople with grants in this area can certainly afford to this. Others maybe not. So maybe have a committee that could help out nonfunded people.
19Jul 24, 2009 7:19 PMContent of the workshop is the most important factor
20Jul 25, 2009 8:35 AMI think is fine to keep registration fee low so that people are encouraged to participate at low cost. The fee should be lower for young researchers.
21Jul 27, 2009 6:24 AMThat will definitely increase the difficulty for me to attend IWSP