Conference. The general term to suggest a meeting for interchange of information – typically adopted by organizations and institutions for their periodic meetings. Generally, it is generally associated with the classic form of academic presentation, which is, of course, paper presented by a single presenter, followed by several questions. But these days, the conference has taken on a new shape, reflecting changes in communication technology, in which case, conference calls are used instead of papers, and conference participants use webcams to communicate. Web conferencing allows real-time communication between people, with participants being able to see each other as they speak.
Seminar. A seminar is a one-day event designed to teach, train, or educate the participants. Like workshops, seminars are normally separated into separate sessions. But unlike workshops, seminars are intended to be shorter, with maximum involvement from the participants.
Workshop. Workshops are longer events, often ranging from a day to a week. They may be taught by experts or trainers, or presented by student teams. Workshops are generally open to the attendees, with the knowledge and participation of only the primary participants.
Academic Conferences. Academic conferences are similar to workshops, but instead of dealing with the participants, they deal with theoretical or academic issues. Unlike workshops, academic conferences allow all members of the conference to take part in the discussion. Most conferences also include some kind of publication, scholarly articles, or dissertations, which may be read or referred to in class. The conference proceedings are then submitted to the conference organizers, along with an abstract, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
There are various different types of conference, and these are reflected in the names of the different types of conferences. Conferences are classified according to the medium and format of communication used in them. In addition, different types of conference are classified according to the speakers who participate in them, or on the topic of discussion. There are also various different types of speakers who can participate in the conference, depending on the theme of the conference. These are the types of speakers included in a particular conference.
Another distinction is made between a small group conference, or seminar, and a large conference, such as a symposium. A small group conference has fewer participants than a conference that is larger in size. A conference is usually shorter than a seminar and is less likely to conclude with a formal presentation. Conferences usually take place in the form of workshops. They differ from workshops in that workshops are more informative and lengthy and conferences tend to be shorter, more informal and interactive.