Paying to be a keynote speaker?

Recently, I received an e-mail from the organizer of an event in the UK called “International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ” from a website called UnitedResearchForum, where the organizers asked me to participate as a keynote speaker:

From that e-mail, I thought that it was some SPAM as I have never heard about this event before. But just to make sure, I sent an e-mail to ask how much they would pay me to give the keynote speech:

Then, I got their answer, which is quite amazing. They tell me that to be a keynote speaker at their event, I would need to pay 249$ USD:

This is quite ridiculous. In general, a keynote speaker must be paid by the conference. Not the other way around. A keynote speaker is supposed to be a special guest, and generally a conference will pay hotel and airplane plus some salary to their keynote speaker.

This conference should not call their speakers “keynote speakers” if they ask them to pay by themselves for the registration fee. This seems to just be a tactic to get attention.

Thus, I clicked the button in my e-mail inbox to report the e-mail as SPAM.


This is just another example of academic SPAM. I do not recommend publishing there.


Philippe Fournier-Viger is a full professor working in China and founder of the SPMF open source data mining software.

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