* = Indicates winter / summer in the Northern hemisphere—it's summer / winter here of course!
In modern science, as any field matures it becomes a target of predatory journals, publishers, and meeting organisers: quantum technology is no exception unfortunately! (For those interested in the sociology of this, the New York Times has a nice recent article: A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia). Regular readers of this page have reported the following conferences as junk conferences, based on attending and/or presenting at earlier incarnations of them.
EMN. Social media has lit up with colleagues complaining about spam from an organisation called EMN Meetings—mostly on private pages, but here are representative public postings by Jacob Biamonte and Heino Falke. Here is the list of conferences to avoid.
waset are a known predatory publisher, run by a
former science teacher in Turkey (and his family). Readers have
complained to this site about their fradulent behaviour, inclduing Kim Guan Saw, who wrote:
"I would also like to alert you that this particular organization has been using my name as their conference committee member. I am not involved at all with this organization and their conferences and have not consented for my name to be used. My university legal office has been informed and is looking into the matter. I hope you will inform your colleagues if they happen to associate me with these conferences."—2 April 2015
See the comments at the end of this post for other experiences; or this warning. Comments from the former include:
• "In 2012 I organised an international conference ... our list of working group titles has just been copied and pasted for a WASET conference (15–16 May 2013)"
• "The conference is a complete scam. I know I have been on several hiring committees and if we see someone list a paper published at WASET on their CV we immediately stop evaluating their application."
• "I went to a WASET conference and it was a complete joke. There were virtually no people there in my field, and the talks were completely unrelated to each other. Basically each person got up and spoke about their work to a completely unrelated audience. For example, the person before me talked about boat design, I talked about quantum mechanics, and the person after talked about Halal meat!"
Here is the list of conferences to avoid.