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.
a gathering of people where they can exchange ideas and learn from each other, both formally (such as through lectures and talks) or informally (discussions in social settings, such as dinners or get-togethers)
A series of brief lectures on related topics presented by resource people. Each speaker presents only one aspect of the topic. A moderator often summaries. Learners may ask questions afterward. A rather structured, formal method.
The Symposium is a dialogue by Plato, written soon after 385 BCE. It is a philosophical discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a series of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposion or drinking party at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens. It is largely taken for granted in the conversation (and is stated explicitly by some of the speakers) that the most noble form of love is that between a man and a boy; other forms of love, including heterosexual love, are discussed more briefly and generally with less favour.
Symposium originally referred to a drinking party (the Greek verb sympotein means "to drink together") but has since come to refer to any academic conference, whether or not drinking takes place. The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.
Xenophon's Symposium records the discussion of Socrates and company at a dinner given by Callias for the youth Autolycus, son of Lycon (not to be confused with the Lycon who was one of Socrates' prosecutors). 421 BC is the dramatic date of the work.
Web-based collaborative learning environment that enables globally-dispersed Participants and a Leader to communicate and interact through audio and video conferencing, while sharing applications and viewing dynamic content.