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I am looking for surveys/studies that quantify the time and money academics spent on conferences/symposia/workshops/etc by both organizers and attendees. Specifically, I'm interested in both academic and institutional costs related to conference, travelling, and administrative tasks related to travel. (In my experience the overwhelming majority of expenses are covered by employer/grant/etc anyways.)

I am most interested in the field of computer science, and academics affiliated to US institutions.

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    Please clarify who spent the time and money? Organizers or attendees? And also the field? – scaaahu Jan 26 '15 at 5:24
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    You might want to search around for the budgets for particular conferences which sometimes give you a breakdown of number of attendees, country, and other information you might find useful from past years. – Austin Henley Jan 26 '15 at 5:44
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    What counts as time spent on a conference? Presumably you include time spent attending the conference or travelling. What about reviewing papers? Preparing slides? Writing the papers? – Anonymous Mathematician Jan 26 '15 at 5:56
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    By "money academics spent on conferences", do you mean money those academics spent personally, or money that was spent by their employer, or both? – O. R. Mapper Jan 26 '15 at 8:59
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    @O.R.Mapper Both but I have mostly interested by money that was spent by their employer. In my experience most (> 90%) expenses are covered by employer/grant/etc. – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 26 '15 at 16:21
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I published a paper: Anderson, L., & Anderson, T. (2009). Online professional development conferences: An effective, economical and eco-friendly option Canadian Journal of Learning Technology, 35(2).

in which we calculated the costs (transportation, hotels, meals etc.) in dollars and in Carbon costs using a medium sized conference in the UK. We were interested in showing the HUGE cost and carbon savings if the conference was held online and used this data in our book on Virtual Conferences.

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