The Conference Circuit–A Look Back at 2010’s Conferences

Now that 2010 is passing into history, we can look at some interesting statistical data on its conferences.

I listed 651 conferences held in 2010 on the ITI Conference Calendar, and mentioned 246 of them in my 11 monthly columns.  As shown in the figure below, 2010 followed the usual pattern, with the busiest periods of the year in the spring and fall. The spring period, April through June, had 200 conferences, and the fall period, September through November, had 224.  Each of these periods accounts for approximately 1/3 of the yearly total.  And also as usual, dips were observed in the year-end months and in July.

Conferences were held in 209 different cities in 21 countries.  Here are the cities in which 5 or more conferences were held.

London, UK

New York, NY 15
Washington, DC 15
Toronto, ON 11
San Francisco, CA 10
Boston, MA 8
Bilbao, Spain 7
Paris, France 7
New Delhi, India 6
Geneva, Switzerland 5
Philadelphia, PA 5

London heads the list, as it usually does, followed by New York, and Washington.  The reason Bilbao, Spain appears is that it was the location of the DEXA Society’s annual event, at which several co-located conferences occur.

On a country basis, the US had the most conferences, with 143.  Countries hosting 4 or more conferences are shown below.  Four conferences were virtual—held online only.

US 143
UK 43
Canada 24
Spain 16
Germany 15
Sweden 12
France 10
India 10
Australia 8
Greece 8
Switzerland 8
Netherlands 7
China 6
Italy 6
Denmark 5
Austria 4
Czech Republic 4
Portugal 4
South Africa 4

Here are the organizations that organized more than 5 conferences in 2010.

Information Today, Inc. 22
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) 17
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) 14
ACM 11
Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) 11
Third Door Media 10
International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) 9
DEXA Society 7
Academic Conferences International 6
Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) 6

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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