Case Analysis of International Research Conferences

Summary

The Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy has assigned IRIS Group the task of conducting this analysis to gain a solid basis of knowledge to qualify the council’s advices and recommendations on this area.

Across the cases, we identified a number benefits from hosting international research conferences.
Among other, the most significant benefits are:

  • Increased visibility at the centre of the international research community
  • Progress/advancement in research career
  • Exposure and visibility of research environment and host university
  • Easier access to recruitment of top researchers

Futhermore, we have identified a number of challenges:

  • Time and resources
  • Conferences given low priority by home institution or department
  • Economic risk of hosting and lack of deficit guarantees

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