Conference vs. Convention

By Jaxson

  • Conference

    A conference is a meeting of people who “confer” about a topic. Conference types include:

    Academic conference, in science and academic, a formal event where researchers present results, workshops, and other activities.

    Athletic conference, a competitive grouping of teams, often geographical

    Authors’ conference, or writers’ conference, where writers gather to review their written works and suggest improvements

    Conference call, in telecommunications, a call with more than two participants at the same time

    Conference hall, room where conferences are held

    Convention (meeting), meeting of a, usually large, group of individuals and/or companies in a certain field

    Free conference, between the two houses of a bicameral legislature

    News conference, an announcement to the press (print, radio, television) with the expectation of questions, about the announced matter

    Parent-teacher conference, a meeting with a child’s teacher to discuss grades and school performance

    Peace conference, a diplomatic meeting to end conflict

    Professional conference, a meeting of professionals in a given subject or profession dealing with related matters or developments

    Settlement conference, a meeting between the plaintiff and the respondent in lawsuit, wherein they try to settle their dispute without proceeding to trial

    Trade fair, or trade conference

    Unconference, or Open Space conference, a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference

  • Conference (noun)

    The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.

  • Conference (noun)

    A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.

  • Conference (noun)

    A formal event where scientists present their research results in speeches, workshops, posters or by other means.

  • Conference (noun)

    An event organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization to discuss a pressing issue, such as a new product, market trend or government regulation, with a range of speakers.

  • Conference (noun)

    A group of sports teams that play each other on a regular basis.

  • Conference (noun)

    A constituent tournament of a sports league in a given season.

  • Conference (noun)

    The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison.

  • Conference (noun)

    A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.

  • Conference (noun)

    A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.

  • Conference (verb)

    To assess (a student) by one-on-one conversation, rather than an examination.

  • Convention (noun)

    A meeting or gathering.

    “The convention was held in Geneva.”

  • Convention (noun)

    A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates.

    “The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution.”

  • Convention (noun)

    The convening of a formal meeting.

  • Convention (noun)

    A formal agreement, contract or pact.

  • Convention (noun)

    A treaty or supplement to such.

    “The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations.”

  • Convention (noun)

    A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom.

    “Table seatings are generally determined by tacit convention, not binding formal protocol.”

    “The convention of driving on the right is reinforced by law.”

  • Conference (noun)

    a dessert pear of a firm-fleshed variety.

  • Conference (verb)

    take part in a conference or conference call

    “video conferencing”

Oxford Dictionary

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