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A conference is a meeting of people who "confer" about a topic. Conference types include:

Academic conference, in science and academic, a formal event where researchers present results, workshops, and other activities.
Athletic conference, a competitive grouping of teams, often geographical
Authors' conference, or writers' conference, where writers gather to review their written works and suggest improvements
Conference call, in telecommunications, a call with more than two participants at the same time
Conference hall, room where conferences are held
Convention (meeting), meeting of a, usually large, group of individuals and/or companies in a certain field
Free conference, between the two houses of a bicameral legislator
News conference, an announcement to the press (print, radio, television) with the expectation of questions, about the announced matter
Parent-teacher conference, a meeting with a child's teacher to discuss grades and school performance
Peace conference, a diplomatic meeting to end conflict
Professional conference, a meeting of professionals in a given subject or profession dealing with related matters or developments
Settlement conference, a meeting between the plaintiff and the respondent in lawsuit, wherein they try to settle their dispute without proceeding to trial
Trade fair, or trade conference
Unconference, or Open Space conference, a participant-driven meeting that tries to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference

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