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plz tell me difference btwn Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & conference

nashbramhall - Senior Member
That’s a cynics view. I have conducted seminars and workshops where the delegates have not paid for attending. Have a nice day. Simhan A retired academic in the UK

nashbramhall - Senior Member
Dear Sangeeta,

From your ID I have assumed that you are an MBA student raising this question. However, I am not sure why you have raised this question.
Though Sunil"says there is no difference, there are considerable differences. The differences can be attributed to the purpose they cater for. They are also used to cater to different learning styles; the number of topics to be covered, the number of delgates or participants involved, etc.

Hence, kindly search the web using google where you will find links to websites such as

Have a nice day.
A retired academic in the UK
Originally Posted by mba_sangeeta_sharma View Post
plz tell me difference btwn Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & conference

mravimtnl - Contributing Member
Definition: A seminar is a lecture or presentation delivered to an audience on a particular topic or set of topics that are educational in nature. It is usually held for groups of 10-50 individuals. A seminar is frequently held at a hotel meeting space or within an office conference room.

A workshop is a series of educational and work sessions. Small groups of people meet together over a short period of time to concentrate on a defined area of concern.


Purposes for workshops may vary.


SYMPOSIUM IS Meeting of a number of experts in a particular field at which papers are presented by specialists on particular subjects and discussed with a view to making recommendations concerning the problems under discussion.

CONFERENCE IS a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

M.R.S.Sastry - Contributing Member
Dear friend,
This is a good question. The information as per wikipedia in short is given below.

Increasingly, the term "seminar" is used to describe a commercial event (though sometimes free to attend) where delegates are given information and instruction in a subject such as property investing, other types of investing, Internet marketing, self-improvement or a wide range of topics, by experts in that field.

The term training refers to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competenciesvocational or practical skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. as a result of the teaching of

In education, a workshop is a brief intensive course, a seminar or a series of meetings emphasizing interaction and exchange of information among a usually small number of participants:

Symposium: refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format. the term symposium has come to refer to any event where multiple speeches are made.

nashbramhall - Senior Member
Dear Mr. Sastri and Ravi, I was trying to coax Sangeeta to learn to search and read for herself rather then rely on us to copy and paste from the net.

Thank you Mr. Sastri for giving information on where you extracted it from. That's the appropriate way to post material copied from the web. A number of contrubtors forget to do that.

Have a nice day


It is very interesting question and i am agree with the statement of mravimtnl regarding this topic, but anyway very nice topic, but in general there is no difference because of all relates to Learning and these are the method of learn for executive and Manager level.

Imran Mahmood

A T Raja - Contributing Member
thanx for the excellent definitions on the difference between Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & Conference. Keep it up.

Originally Posted by mba_sangeeta_sharma View Post
plz tell me difference btwn Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & conference
The difference as follows:

in seminar there is a speaker who give lecturer with highlights ,scope, importance,benefits & limitation on the respective topic as the lecturer finish, audience ask questions...
but in the workshop SIMULATION excercise take place related to the topic which is conducting by speaker means learning while doing he work....
In Symposium :Group discussion on the related topic take place between the galaxies of speakers & their is a mediator who cordinates the discussion ,after the discussion the audience can ask question via slip through the mediator.
.last but least conference : conference is like a offical meeting where speakers directly interact with the audience we can say like a brain storming session..

i hope i put best efforts to make ur query solve..if their is any correction ,kindly let me know

I go to a lot of these kinds of meetings and I agree that the terminology is pretty confused and confusing. I don't think any one can clearly distinguish between them. None of these has hard and fast rules though.

1> Seminars:
Seminars are educational events that feature one or more subject matter experts delivering information primarily via lecture and discussion. A seminar is often one person giving perhaps an hour-long lecture, although there could be more than one speaker as well.

2> Workshop:
A workshop has the sense of being a relatively small event with all parties involved in the discussion (although this is not always the case). Workshops tend to be smaller and more intense than seminars. This format often involves students practicing their new skills during the event under the watchful eye of the instructor.

3> Symposium:
A symposium suggests that more than one person is speaking. A Symposium is typically a more formal or academic gathering, featuring multiple experts delivering short presentations on a particular topic.

4> Conference:
A conference is pretty general and in fact could mean something with thousands of participants or something with just a few participants. None of these are hard and fast rules though. Conferences often features keynote presentations delivered to all attendees, as well as multiple break-out sessions. Attendees often expect to receive information about industry trends and developments.

Wish this information may be helpful to you.

Have a great time.

- Anshika Chaya

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