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plz tell me difference btwn Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & conference
From India, Jaipur
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
From United Kingdom
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

From United Kingdom
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)

From United States
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

From United Kingdom
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

From Pakistan, Lahore
thanx for the excellent definitions on the difference between Seminar, Workshop, Symposium & Conference. Keep it up.
From India, Coimbatore
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

From India, Delhi
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

From India, Patna
Good morning seniors,

I need your help

I am Searching job in HR Core/Admin

Respected Sir/ Madam,

I am Md. Shah Anwarullah Sulaiman a graduate in MBA (HR & IT) from Uttaranchal Institute of Management (UIM), Uttrakahnd Technical University (UTU), Dehradun. I am keen at pursuing a long term career as HR manager.

During my internship at Birla Power Solution Ltd. at Dehradun from 13th June 2007 to 27th July 2007 I worked with the HR department wherein I worked on project entitled "wages and salary administration.”

During two years of my education at UIM I have particularly excelled in HR and IT and have done projects and seminars on various topics in the area of:

• Recruitment

• Selection and Orientation

• Motivation

• Performance Appraisal

I have done my dissertation on “Recruitment and Selection in Ancient India Travels Ltd.”

Team work, perseverance and fast learning capability are my strengths.

I would like to pursue my career at your esteemed organization and I seek an appointment with you in this regard.

Please find enclosed my CV for your reference.

Looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial association.

Kind Regards,

Md. S.A. Sulaiman


1) CV

From India, Mumbai

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