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Conference définition :

conference (plural conferences)
  1- (politics) A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.
  2- (sciences) A formalized event where scientists present their research results in speeches, workshops, posters or by other means.
  3- (business) An event organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization to discuss a pressing issue like a new product, market trend or government regulation with a range of speakers.
  4- (sports) A group of sports teams that play each other on a regular basis.

Conference usage notes :

A conference is a meeting of people who "confer" about a topic.
Academic conference, in science and academia, a formal event where researchers present results, workshops, and other activities.
Business conference, organized to discuss business-related matters
Conference call, in telecommunications, a "multi-party call"
Conference hall, room where conferences are held
News conference, an announcement to the press (print, radio, television) with the expectation of questions, about the announced matter, following.
Parent-teacher conference, a meeting with a child's teacher to discuss grades and school performance.
Settlement conference, a meeting between the plaintiff and the respondent in lawsuit, wherein they try to settle their dispute without proceeding to trial

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