Difference between Seminar and Conference


A seminar provides a plateform for discussion in small group in which the result of original research/ advanced study is presented through oral or written reports. Generally , one person present a lead paper incorporating the finding followed by an in-depth discussion . The audiennce is knowledgeable and takes  an active part . Doubts are clarified through specific question.

  • The main purpose is to share knowledge and to get the viewpoints of equally well-informed person.
  • It can be also organised for cross-fertilization of ideas.


The spectrum of participants , subject matter and activities in much wider than those of a seminar. the purpose is to confer with people having similar interests and also to pool their experiences and opinions . 

The discussion  usually results in a set of suggestion / recommendations on the central theme of conference.

  • Theme of the conference , name of the sponcer , name of the organizers
  • Note on the theme
  • Plenary , Valedictory sessions – Names of Precident , Secretary, Names of rapporteurs; Venue, time, date, place of a small group discusssion
  • Details of invited lectures – Name of the speaker , topic, time ,date and place
  • Exihibitions – nature, timing, venue, and available audio-visual aids
  • Reception, transport, board & lodging arrangements. Address of the conference secretary, delegate fee

Conducting a seminar / conference:

  • Draw a detailed plan
  • Seminar / conference Objective
  • Lead Speaker/s
  • Participants
  • Venue, date, time
  • identifying a chairperson for each sesssion 
  • Write a letter / brochure to all concerned 
  • Make arrangement for board lodging , food, transport, etc.


  • A successful workshop provides particippants with new skill , information and sense of accomplishment.
  • An expert shares expertise through discussion, demonstration or activities in which the participants are involved.
  • Less Talk More Action

Conducting a workshop:

  • Define objective- teaching a skill/ delivering  information / increasing a awareness etc
  • Plan carefully – co-ordinate and organise
  • Define scope
  • Arrive early 
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Create opportunities for interaction
  • Allow regular breaks
  • Evaluate
  • Follow-up

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