Umm – thanks for the invitation but, umm – not going to go to this meeting

Wow.  I get a lot of what one could call “Conference SPAM” with invitations to meetings that seem like nothing more than feedlots.  But this one really takes the cake:

Dear Dr. Eisen JA.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the EPS Montreal International Gene Conference to be held November 3-4, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The conference will provide a forum for researchers in Genetics and Genomics to present cutting edge research and learn about the latest breakthroughs and technologies.
We would like to welcome you to our Conference as our valuable speaker and present your recent work and ideas of Environmental shotgun sequencing: its potential and challenges for studying the hidden world of microbes. that were published in PLoS Biol.. Please visit our website at  and for program details. 

Montreal International Gene Conference is organized by EPS Global Medical development Inc. Professor Massaro, the editor-in-chief of the journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics (CBB) will be present at this event and call for submission of papers in this field. All of the papers presented in the conference may have a chance to be published in a special issue of Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics (CBB). 

EPS Global Medical Development Inc. is a Canada-based biomedical consultant agency that promotes continuing academic education, knowledge transfer and scientific exchange through life sciences-oriented conferences. We are delighted to host the EPS Montreal International Gene Conference in Montreal in order to foster and promote excellence in Genetics and Genomics through education and research, and to provide leadership in promoting development of evidence-based clinical genetics and genomics as well as the basic research that supports these clinical advances. 

We look forward to meeting you in Montreal and wish you all an enjoyable time. 

Warmest regards,
Yao Lu, MD, PhD

Executive Chair of Montreal International Gene Conference 2011
President of EPS Global Medical Development Inc.

They are inviting me to present about a “recent” commentary paper I published in 2007.   Umm – no thanks.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

11 thoughts on “Umm – thanks for the invitation but, umm – not going to go to this meeting”

  1. I had two such invitations today. First for the 'EPS Montreal International Gene Conference' and then for the 'EPS Montreal International Diabetes Conference', both emails cited the same 2008 paper (on 'long introns').


  2. And I thought I was special. Seemed suspicious that they wanted me to present a paper I'd written on Nuclear abolition at a Genetics conference.

    Who is sending this stuff?



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