How nice. A personal invitation.

I received this email today today. I especially appreciate the personal touch in the salutation.

Dear Dr. [NAME]

Currently, we are involved in organizing “International Conference and Exhibition on Proteomics & Bioinformatics” (Proteomics-2011), will be held during 6–8 June 2011 Hyderabad, India. The main theme of Proteomics-2011 is to “Promote foster & enhances (sic) research in the area of Proteomics & Bioinformatics”. Proteomics -2011 is a specially designed cluster conference, which covers a wide range of critically important sessions from basic research in Proteomics to advanced Technology.

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5 Responses to “How nice. A personal invitation.”

  1. R says:

    Probably clicked “Send” without a review…
    :)

  2. John Wilkins says:

    Wow! We have the same professional surname! Are we related?

  3. Iddo says:

    @John Wilkins
    I’ve been called worse…

  4. I get this kind of conference spam almost every day now. Usually with at least two buzzwords in the title (sometimes four), and located in either Hyderabad or Miami…

  5. Iddo says:

    @Rosie Redfield A good friend of mine calls these conference and paper invitations the “alternate universe” science. A lump description of dissemination venues for sub-par research and other activities. Trouble is, sometimes the “good” invitations in my inbox are diluted in the alt-universe ones, resulting in false-negatives, which already caused me some embarrassment.

    However, this is a rare occasion where the unfilled letter template was sent. Usually it’s “Dear professor”, or sometimes even “Dear Prof. Friedberg” or “Dear Iddo”. A lot of times it’s “Dear Prof. idoerg” (my ubiquitous email nick).