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Conferences are meetings or gatherings of people who ordinarily meet at a given place and time for the purpose of discussing or participating in some sort of professional or even academic discussion. The most common conferences are organized according to profession, industry, and even fictional industry. A conference can also be an informal meeting between two or more people where they share ideas or experiences that could prove to be useful for someone else. A wide variety of topics may be discussed in conferences, ranging from the mundane to the highly technical and creative.

Conferences are usually organized by the Professional Association of Medical Scientists (PAMS), the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASAPS), and the American Academy of Pathology’s 53rd Annual Meeting. Conferences may also be organized by individual colleges or universities, or by professional organizations within the field of medicine. Conferences differ in terms of format and participation from conventional meetings. In an organizational setting, conferences tend to follow a more formal or rigid format, while in medical conferences, there is a tendency for them to be less formal and more informal.

The main aim of a conference is to bring together the various participants and speakers for a periodical meeting, exchange of information, or presentation of findings. Unlike a traditional meeting, conferences do not set an agenda; it is instead up to the attendees to suggest topics and issues to be brought up at the next conference. For the same reason, unlike a workshop, the participation in a conference does not require a commitment to participate. The key to successful participation in a conference is to be well prepared and to disambiguate oneself from the various presenters and topics.