I have a curious question. I am employed as a Chair Professor and a Professor of Practise at a recognised University in India and I am also employed as a Lecturer at a recognised University in the UK. In email communications of the respective University, I use different titles to reflect my employed academic position for that respective University.

However, when attending conferences or other academia/research/professional events what title is appropriate to use? (Often times the events ask us to use title that are appropriate)

Can I use the title of 'Professor' at events as that is the academic position in which I am employed in India, but in the UK I'm not employed as a Professor yet?

P.S. At events I represent both the Universities (Indian and U.K.).

  • Do you mean formally, say for correspondence, or informally, in conversation?
    – Buffy
    Jan 17, 2023 at 17:09
  • @Buffy: I am asking for formal correspondence. For informal correspondence, I usually prefer "Somdip", my first name :P No title required.
    – Somdip Dey
    Jan 17, 2023 at 17:19

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You should use the title you hold at the institution which you are primarily representing yourself as being affiliated with.

For example, suppose Anne is a Lecturer in Medicine at at Tsinghua University. Suppose Anne is also a Professor of Medicine at the South Dakota School of Medicine.

If Anne attends a conference and fills out her information, the following would be inappropriate:

Anne Tesfaye, MD PhD
Professor of Medicine
Tsinghua University

Instead, she should use the title that matches her stated affiliation:

Anne Tesfaye, MD PhD
Lecturer in Medicine
Tsinghua University

  • Thank you for your reply. I usually provide both my affiliations when visiting an event. Which usually will look like: Somdip Dey, Lecturer @ X UK University | Chair Professor of Z @ Y Indian University. However, when asked about the formal title for registration for the event what title can I/should I use in this scenario? Note: I represent both the Universities at the same time at such events (not one or the other).
    – Somdip Dey
    Jan 17, 2023 at 17:17
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    @SomdipDey Just use the higher title. Jan 18, 2023 at 19:14

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