2013 Greenwich Colloquium Huge Success!
In the tradition of Sir Christopher Wren and his Royal Society, the colloquium engendered congenial discussions on important
questions of scientific methods and practice with applications to the practical
affairs of man. Then there was the perfect weather (yes, in the UK), the beautiful buildings, the well-organized meetings, and the fun, informative and inspiring sessions! All happening at an important World Heritage Site. . . Priceless!
MAER-Net has incurred a large debt to Professor Mehmet Ugur and the University of Greenwich's conference team. I cannot think how we can ever repay such a large debt, but then neither can Greece! So let's all just meet next year in Athens Sept 11-14, 2014 to retire old debts and to make new ones. Thanks also to all of the presenters and participants who made this a very rewarding and special colloquium. It is only through the goodwill and brilliance of our members that keeps MAER-Net and meta-regression analysis advancing. Links to the papers and program can be found here. We are looking forward to seeing you in Athens next year!
2012 Colloquium in Perth, Australia
The food, the accommodations, and the location (at a yacht club on the Indian Ocean) of the 2012 MAER-Net Colloquium were all truly wonderful! Margaret has set a standard of excellence unlikely to be surpassed by future colloquia. Thanks Margaret!!
Oh, the presentations were excellent, and the discussions that they stimulated were also fun and very insightful, typical at MAER-Net colloquia.
Highlights include: the dancing p-values, Tomas and Zuzana’s daunting ‘Tower of Research,’ Randy’s Meta-Workshop, Patrice’s beautiful French, and Chris’s bad jokes. Those who could not make this trip missed a good one!
During the open forum, Jacques and others brought up the issue of whether MAER-Net should develop quality standards for conducting MRAs in economics, and a few specific guidelines were discussed. Thus began our 'Perth Protocol' initiative! See the link to MAER-Net Reporting Standards Discussion for our wider discussion of MAER-Net’s draft reporting guidelines. We hope to have a consensus statement regarding these reporting guidelines published in the Journal of Economic Surveys soon.
Thanks Again to Dr. Margaret Giles and to everyone who made the long, but worthwhile, trip.
And, there were birthdays and anniversaries ending in 0. Barb had to stand in for Connie and Ann. We all must make our sacrifices for the greater good of MAER-Net.
2011 MAER-Net Colloquium in Cambridge
The fifth annual MAER-Net colloquium was another Big success, thanks to all of the participants and Wolfson College!! 35 presenters came from all the continents to Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK, Sept 16-18—see program. This year the presentations were very diverse and stimulated rich discussions among economists, statisticians, and systematic reviewers. MAER-Net’s Cambridge Colloquium has set new standards for the future systematic review of econometric research and a new benchmark for fun for future Colloquia. Thanks again to everyone! We hope to see you in Perth next year and Greenwich in 2013.
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