Research Article

International scientific meetings: relation between structure and function.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 12 October 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:1028
  1. D Evered,
  2. R Porter,
  3. J Nugent


    Increasing pressure is being placed on the scientific community to evaluate research activities. Scientific meetings consume a small but important fraction of the research budget. Audit of a well established series of scientific meetings showed that they met their immediate objectives in that they were international and multidisciplinary and provided a forum in which all participants actively contributed to discussion. The meetings had a positive outcome for the participants, leading in many cases to the subsequent exchange of research material (60% of participants) and to the establishment of collaborative research projects (31%). The impact of the meetings on the scientific community at large was assessed by citation analysis, which showed that the proceedings were cited early, often, and over a substantial period.