Work related conferences are happening all the time all over the world. Because of many different reasons some industries have more conferences than others, and engineering is one area that seems to have more than almost any other industry. This is because the engineering industry has to adapt to changes in technology and new research all the time. Engineering is the discipline and the profession of building something, although this is a vague definition it is necessarily vague due to being such a broad industry that is involved in so many different things.
For example, what an engineer may be building could be a physical product or a chemical product, or it may not even be a real physical thing at all. Engineers are also involved in the building or manufacture of different processes and designs, these can be implemented in information fields as well as material ones. Software engineering for example is the building of virtual environments that exist in order to process information. The one thing that is not vague when it comes to defining Engineering is that all engineers without exception are involved with technology.
The term ‘technology’ comes from the Greek words ‘techne’ and ‘logia’, which refer to craft and speaking. This may seem abstract at first glance, but speaking and language was probably the very first technology that we implemented as a species, the first way that we defined and shaped our environment. We organise and build the world through technology just as we have always done through the crafting of our language. Engineering is a modern example of how we can alter our environment through utilizing technology, and engineering conferences everywhere help people to keep up to date with the latest ways to do exactly that.
Because there are so many different strands of engineering out there, there are also so many different types of conferences. In order to make sense of these different fields many international groups and committees have been set up to organist these differences and try to make some sense out of them. If you don’t like acronyms then the filed of engineering is not for you. A quick search and you will find the ICMSE, CESSE and the ICCSIT conferences all happening in August 2008.
An engineering conference will be like most other conferences in many ways. There will be lectures, seminars and maybe some group team work as well. There will probably be invited speakers who are experts in a specific field and industry leaders who have something specific to say. Because of it being such a broad industry, conferences will normally be themed around a specific field or maybe even a specific recent development that effects the industry. A major technological change may be enough of a reason to hold an international conference.
Engineering conferences are everywhere, but depending on what field of engineering you are involved in you may have more or less than other disciplines. Because technology is so important in engineering, in fact it is intertwined with its actual definition, there will always be a need to share knowledge and create a cohesive group where each and every person has the latest tools and tips at their fingertips.