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Table 2 Costs and benefits of hosting regional conferences

From: Applied evolutionary education: the benefits and costs of hosting regional evolution conferences

Benefits of hostingCosts/difficulties of hosting
Increased interaction with colleagues and development of professional connectionsAccumulation of debt by costly mistakes and over-commitment
Greater potential for research development and collaborationGaining support from prominent scholars
Demonstration of work ethic and dedicationAcquiring funding for an interdisciplinary conference
Establishment of scholarly image and professional reputation for graduate studentsEqually distributing responsibilities of hosting
Foundation for tenure and promotion requirements (service, research, and teaching) 
Positive reflection on host’s institution 
Improvement of institutional knowledge and preparation for similar positions