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Dietitian claims Melbourne science conference is a scam

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Comments Off on Dietitian claims Melbourne science conference is a scam

South African dietitian Elizabeth Fourie has lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition Consumer Commission claiming she was tricked into paying hundreds of dollars for a bogus science conference.

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Obesity and Endocrinology Congress deemed illegitimate by peak bodies

Fourie told Fairfax Media she paid $1000 to attend the Obesity and Endocrinology Congress in St Kilda, plus $1500 on flights, only to be left disappointed.

Obesity and Endocrinology Congress deemed illegitimate by peak bodies.

Researchers and health practitioners from Australia and overseas travelled to Melbourne for the two-day conference, organised by ConferenceSeries.

According to Fourie, the research presented at the conference was not properly analysed and nearly half of the speakers were absent, resulting in long gaps, some hours long.

Previous Obesity and Endocrinology Congress in Italy. Image via Facebook.

“I think this was a scam to get me here to pay the money,” she told Fairfax.

The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society has labelled the conference as illegitimate, with vice president Jane Martin telling Fairfax she was concerned the event was spreading unreliable science.

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