Conference abstract: Large-scale web-based collaboration is key for making science sustainable in the long run
In March, the abstract was accepted, and I learned that I was expected to pay a fee of at least EUR 300 to attend, even if I were to give my talk remotely (which later turned out not to be possible due to technical limits of the conference venue). I found this disappointing, given that my research focus (and thus funding) is not related to this subject (but to brain morphometry, since you asked), yet the call for papers had explicitly stated "You may never have considered attending an ecological economics conference. But now the time has come to try it."
Considering that the DFG (the major research funding organization in Germany) has handed over all their funding of conference participation by individuals to the DAAD (whose focus is on academic exchange between Germany and other countries, which excludes supporting Germany-based researchers for attending conferences Germany), that the ISEE 2010 organizers did not see a possibility for a fee waiver (not even partial) and that they expected the intended session on "ICT and sustainability" to be very small, I have thus decided to cancel my participation in this conference, and submitted a related abstract to another conference instead — "Digitale Wissenschaft", to take place (mostly in German, though) in Cologne on September 20-21, 2010. The basic idea of covering wiki-like platforms as a means to improve the long-term sustainability of science remains, and this time too, I invite ecological economists and everyone else to join the drafting, so as to provide a live illustration of the proposed approach of large-scale online collaboration.