The “World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET)” was already mentioned on the original Beall´s List, a – now archived – list of potential predatory scholarly open-access publishers. WASET is also mentioned in the successor list Stop Predatory Journals, and WASET also organizes fake conferences.
Several newspaper publishers – such as The New York Times (“One of those meetings, held in New York in June by a group called the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, seemed more like a Potemkin village”, open access, 30.10.2017), Süddeutsche Zeitung (“Dubious entrepreneurs infiltrate science and earn millions. Researchers, companies and public authorities use this system, damaging not only their credibility but also society”, in German, restricted access, 19.07.2018) and Le Monde (“Dozens of scientific journals produce and publish unscrupulous studies, which then end up in databases used by experts”, in French, open access, 19.07.2018) – published already in 2017 and 2018 a series of articles about predatory journals, fake conferences and WASET´s practices.
Attention, WASET (and their supporters) is still active and the group is at the moment announcing – also in our VET community – call for papers for the 15th (in 2021) and 16th (in 2022) so called “International Conference on Vocational Education and Research“.