Wednesday, 7 December 2016


 What's it about?  – 2

Towards a coherent knowledge base

A further quantification and comment...
  1. Skim down the Abstracts to see how many items listed have references. My own quick count makes the combined total, for oral presentations, posters and videos: twelve (oral presentations, 9; posters, 3; videos 0). The numbers with references are too small for firm generalisations about the minority who actually referenced their submissions. Form your own hypotheses if you wish.
  2. It has been mentioned before on Conductive World that unconnected pieces of knowledge, however plentiful but not explicitly related to in what is already known within their own and relevant fields, do not add up to a professional/academic knowledge base.
  3. There may be good reasons for choosing not to include references in an abstract for submission to an academic or professional conferences, in very particular cases. Presumably these submissions passed through the refereeing process in this form.
  4. A couple of the abstracts are exceedingly long, a couple very short.
  5. Few of the Abstracts listed follow the guidelines required, as stated for the refereeing process (how appropriate these requirements have been for this context is another matter).
World of Conductive Education

It has not been practice to issue a list of attendees at these World Congresses, so in the past no measure has been possible of those of who go just to look, to meet and to listen. Perhaps WC9 will be different in this respect.

The countries from which Abstracts have been submitted and accepted has already been summarised:

On the basis of these data and granting all the possible provisos, the geography of the contents of WC9 may be summarised as follows

Hungary predominates – in part to be expected for the home team

The United States is emerging as a force

The United Kingdom is fading

Germany is significant.

So is the line in development gathered together here as 'Oriental CE'.

Israel is punching above its weight

France has arrived

Scandinavia is just about apparent

Australia is just hanging on

The rest of the world: a narrow scattering

New Zealand is not here at all

Austria has gone.

The cost of it all

Are international conferences passing their sell-by date as a means for generating and sharing information? Are there not other, cheaper ways of doing this, capable of generating more inclusive and comprehensive participation?

Other outcomes?

There may be benefits from big conventions other than formal academic-professional business.

Perhaps it is time to make this question explicit and arrange things accordingly.

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