Some conferences take place in locations that are considered to be more attractive than others to most people (e.g. UIST 2014 @ Hawaii). Some can be more easily accessible than others. Etc.

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the impact of the location of a conference with regard to the number of paper/poster/etc. submissions?

  • Related: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/2920/…
    – user102
    Oct 12, 2014 at 17:24
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    Sid Harris did a cartoon on this--of course--a professor is standing in a travel agent's office saying something like "I'm looking for a conference near a beach or mountinain...". Oct 12, 2014 at 19:16
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    For ARO's February meeting, the Baltimore meeting was better attended than the Denver meeting, and from what I remember Baltimore also beats Daytona, New Orleans, Phoenix, Anaheim, and San Diego.
    – StrongBad
    Oct 12, 2014 at 19:34
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    It is compete coincidence that in my gf's field the big conferences are in New Orleans, San Diego, and Salt Lake City during skiing season. Nov 6, 2014 at 18:48
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    @StrongBad a factor to your observation is that the East Coast has a higher density of universities than the rest of the country. It is also more practical and cheaper to travel to from Europe.
    – Cape Code
    Dec 5, 2014 at 19:38

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I don't know of a specific study on this matter, but I can at least offer one piece of data. There is a conference that I frequently attend which has a community mainly composed of Europeans and Americans. As such, it switches back and forth between the two continents each years. The American contingent is smaller than the European, however, and there has been a clear pattern of American years having lower attendance than European years. This has been attributed, on the basis of a lot of anecdotes, both to the difference in travel expenses and also to restrictions on the use of travel funds by some agencies on each side of the Atlantic.

  • The question (and more generally, questions tagged reference-request) specifically asks for a supporting document or citation (per reference-request tag excerpt)
    – ff524
    Oct 12, 2014 at 18:13

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