Be aware of this Bogus Organization - Academic Criminals - Scam. Protect the young scientists
The Conferences of the WESSEX INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY are quite bogus.
A conference organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology:
"The Second International Conference on Design & Nature" entered
into the debate between Evolutionists and Intelligent Design community.
A paper by Microbiologist and Intelligent Design proponent Dr. Scott Minnich
entitled "Genetic analysis of coordinate flagellar and type III
regulatory circuits in pathogenic bacteria" was presented. It has been
alleged that this paper was accepted through the peer review process.
The Intelligent Design community claimed this to represent a scientific
proof refuting Darwin's Theory of Evolution as the lack of such peer reviewed papers had been a criticism often levelled at ID proponents by evolutionary scientists.
This is not the first instance of controversy regarding WIT's
approval. In 1995, WIT organised the VIDEA 1995 conference. Professor
Vienna University of Technology,
a member of the VIDEA 1995 program committee, became suspicious of the
conference's peer review standards after not receiving any abstracts or
papers for review.
To confirm his suspicions, Professor Werner Purgathofer wrote four absurd and/or nonsensical
"abstracts" and submitted them to the conference. All were "reviewed
and conditionally accepted. He subsequently resigned from the program committee.
WIT organizes a number of technical conferences every year. In 1995, the review standards of one WIT conference, VIDEA (Visualization and Intellligent Design in Engineering and Architecture), and its organizer, Professor Carlos Brebbia, were called into question by Professor Werner Pergathofer (Technical University of Vienna), a program committee member who became suspicious after not receiving a single abstract or paper for review. To confirm his suspicions, he wrote four absurd and/or nonsensical "abstracts" and submitted them to the conference. All were "reviewed and conditionally accepted," leading him to conclude that VIDEA was a non-reviewed money-making operation rather than a serious technical conference.
The abstracts which Pergathofer submitted were:
"The Footprint Function for the Realistic Texturing of Public Room Walls" (i.e. how to render footprints on walls)
"Efficient Radiosity for Daylight Simulation in Closed Environment" (i.e. how to render completely dark rooms)
"Visualization and Intelligent Design in Engineering and Architecture" (i.e. the conference's own description)
"Distributed Multiprogramming System for Pen Selectors with Error Probability" (technical gibberish)
Although the VIDEA conference appears to have been discontinued, WIT and Professor Brebbia continue to organize technical conferences in a variety of areas.