OK, the speculation is off and running. Have received three separate reports from attendees at DATE 2009 in Nice, France that state the attendance, minus exhibitors, is under 1,000 with more than three-quarters from universities. So with about 25 exhibiting companies, down from 168 last year, it looks like DATE and DVCon are about equal this year. Last year and the year before, total attendance was 4700.
The question is, however, how many attendees were coming for DATE and how many for the ARTEMSIA conference, co-located with DATE?
Looking forward to the official numbers.