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By Donald J Nicolson

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This e-book empirically examines educational meetings within the social sciences, and explores the aim and cost of individuals drawn to the social sciences attending and providing at nationwide and overseas educational meetings. utilizing a hugely unique constitution and elegance, the ebook considers the harmful effect of neoliberalism on meetings, and academia extra broadly, and explores the varied obstacles to convention attendance. it will likely be of curiosity to scholars and researchers who attend meetings in fields spanning the social sciences, in addition to these drawn to the consequences of neoliberalism on academia.

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Between 2009 and 2015 it has been held three of seven times in Asia. This conference is a major event in health care and medicine, the field in which I worked, and so I am familiar with it. This example may or may not reflect every international conference – probably not. But it is a useful example because it indicates how difficult it is to find a suitable meeting venue for an international organisation whose members are spread worldwide. Anyone who has attended even a small number of these conferences will have had to travel considerable distances, influencing their global footprint.

It’s a buzz word like triangulation was’. People think ‘X and Y equals the research methodology’. There’s no clarity. She likened this to the use of the term ‘Focus Group’ to reflect an interview with two or more people concurrently. People ‘whack a label on (their methods), but don’t use it correctly . . labels don’t mean a lot’. There are different ways to view this conference. It could be seen to be seeking to legitimate a new paradigm, because of the novelty in the research method. However, unlike the conference in Case Study Three, I do not think the purpose or utility of this conference was apparent, for the reasons of the lack of identity which I proposed.

Needing more work on disentanglement’. A Professor of Applied Ethics said that while authorship and disclosure of conflicts are better reported now than in the past, for some that was never the problem. He considers disclosure of conflict of interests has not been terribly effective in ensuring that biomedical research is truly in the public interest rather than an adjunct of the search for ever greater corporate profitability. When this debate is looked at in hindsight, it is worth remembering how Korn (2000) proposed 3 years before the Association debate that: The challenge for academic medicine is not to eradicate them (conflicts of interest), which is fanciful and would be inimical to public policy goals, but to recognise and manage them sensibly and effectively.

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