A seminar is a gathering for either academic or social or professional organization. Bringing together small groups or individuals in a group for meetings. A seminar organizer normally has a particular object to bring together people to discuss particular or various topic under one roof. People get chance to these kind of gathering to offer and share their knowledge, opinion, experiences with rest of the group. Normally seminars requires a session with presenting the research, informatics papers where readers discussed, question asked and debates can be conducted with the rest. Seminars has established the practice for gathering for like-minded people on a particular subject, social cause, innovation, change of practice, discussion and offering to youngsters (Students most of the time) in well created environment.
Seminars typically have significantly fewer students per professor than normal courses, and are generally more specific in topic of study.
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A difference between Conference, Seminar, Symposium & Workshop
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Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences
A Symposium is a formal gathering in an academic setting where participants are experts in their fields. These experts present or deliver their opinions or viewpoints on a chosen topic of discussion. It would be correct to label a symposium as a small scale conference as the number of delegates is smaller. There are the usual discussions on the chosen topic after the experts have presented their speeches. The chief characteristic of a symposium is that it covers a single topic or subject and all the lectures given by experts are completed in a single day. A Symposium – prestigious conferences, generally leading venues in their respective fields.
A Conference refers to a formal meeting where participants exchange their views on various topics. Conference can take place in different fields, and it need not be academic in nature all the time. Thus, we have parent teacher conferences, sport conferences, a trade conference, a conference of journalists, conference of doctors, a conference of research scholars, and so on. A conference is a meeting that has been prearranged and involves consultation and discussion on a number of topics by the delegates. Conference and symposium are similar events where speakers come together and give their opinions on a chosen subject. Symposium can be described as a smaller conference that gets over in a single day with a lesser number of delegates.
A Seminar is a form of academic instruction, either at a university or offered by a commercial or professional organization. It has the function of bringing together small groups for recurring meetings, focusing each time on some particular subject, in which everyone present is requested to actively participate. The Instructor has prepared the concepts and techniques they will present and discuss through a combination of visual materials, interactive tools or equipment, and demonstrations. It includes some take home material for the participants that relates to the lecture. A full laboratory phase is not a requirement.
A Workshop includes all the elements of the Seminar, but with the largest portion being emphasized on “hand-on-practice” or laboratory work. The Lab work is designed to reinforce, imprint and bring forward an immediate functioning dimension to the participant’s eye and hands by implementing and practicing the actual concept or technique that was taught through the lecture and demonstration process.
A Congress – would typically be held once a year per discipline, highlighting the achievements, notable results in that field. These are typically attended by leaders in that field, and feature a series of invited talks.