The word "Conference" conjures up the conventional image of delegates sitting in a room and being addressed by a lecturer.  It is, however, accepted that this definition is too narrow and the following terms & definitions are used in the industry: 

An event to meet and exchange views, convey a message, conduct a debate or give publicity to some opinion.  Usually attended by 25 or more delegates and lasting one or more days.

A general and formal meeting of a legislative body, social or economic group. Convened to provide information on a particular situation and in order to deliberate and establish consent on policy matters.

Regular meeting of a large number of delegates, generally to discuss a particular subject.  Normally lasts several days and have separate simultaneous sessions on specialised subjects.  Break-out rooms essential.

A larger audience addressed by experts and panelists in a specific field.

Small groups of people with a leader or expert in a particular shared field, working through problems and joint experiences.

Small groups of participants working face-to-face and teaching each other new skills and insight into shared problems.

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