Linda Croxford, of Edinburgh University's Centre for Educational Sociology, complains in the association's newsletter that at last autumn's gathering in Dundee "a good session, with a blend of theory, research and practice was a gem in a sea of mediocrity".
What is the point of it all, Croxford asks. A more focused conference might improve the quality. At least the problem won't arise this year. The conference is being embraced (lost?) in a bigger European gathering - not that higher quality is thereby guaranteed.