In ancient Greece, the symposiume was a part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation. Literary works that describe or take place at a symposium include two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium, as well as a number of Greek poems such as the elegies of Theognis of Megara. Symposia are depicted in Greek and Etruscan art that shows similar scenes.
The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum for men of respected families to debate, plot, boast, or simply to revel with others. They were frequently held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society. Symposia were also held by aristocrats to celebrate other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests. They were a source of pride for them.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) is an entirely student-run lecture series sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University. First launched in 1998, the Symposium has become a hallmark of the University and greater Baltimore community, with attendance reaching up to 1,000 people at some recent events.
The Symposium runs each year over the course of the Spring semester, as a counterpart to the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. Bound together by a unique, poignant theme, each year's series typically features 4-6 events, including a Presidential Lecture and the Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Lecture.
In fall 1997, a group of undergraduate students recognized the need for a forum to discuss and debate global affairs and international issues. Merging the existing Woodrow Wilson International Studies Symposium and International Studies Forum Symposium, students formally created the “Symposium on Foreign Affairs.” Their first series launched in Spring 1998 with ten events, nearly all of which featured foreign ambassadors and Maryland officials. The Symposium quickly expanded over the next few years, hosting notables that include Sonia Gandhi, Shimon Peres, and Noam Chomsky.
ARITH Symposium on Computer Arithmetic is a conference in the area of computer arithmetic. The symposium was established in 1969, initially as three-year event, then as a biennial event, and, finally, from 2015 as an annual symposium.
ARITH topics span from theoretical aspects and algorithms for operations, to hardware implementations of arithmetic units and applications of computer arithmetic.
ARITH symposia are sponsored by IEEE Computer Society. They have been described as one of "the most prestigious forums for computer arithmetic" by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as the main conference forum for new research publications in computer arithmetic by Parhami (2003), and as a forum for interacting with the "international community of arithmeticians" by participants Peter Kornerup and David W. Matula.
European Patent Judges' Symposium symposium, with the claimed aim of providing a platform for national judges from legal systems with differing traditions to exchange experiences and to thereby promote mutual understanding in the development of European patent law.
Along with the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO), a committee advising the European Patent Office (EPO) on patent law issues, and the European Round Table on Patent Practice (EUROTAB), the European Patent Judges' Symposium is one of the most significant and institutionalised forums of legal professionals created and sponsored by the EPO.
Symposium on Principles of Database Systems(PODS) is an international research conference on database theory, and has been held yearly since 1982. It is sponsored by three Association for Computing Machinery SIGs, SIGART, SIGACT, and SIGMOD. Since 1991, PODS has been held jointly with the ACM SIGMOD Conference, a research conference on systems aspects of data management.
USENIX is an association that supports operating system research. It was founded in 1975 under the name "Unix Users Group," focusing primarily on the study and development of Unix and similar systems. In June 1977, a lawyer from AT&T Corporation informed the group that they could not use the word UNIX as it was a trademark of Western Electric (the manufacturing arm of AT&T until 1995), which led to the change of name to USENIX. It has since grown into a respected organization among practitioners, developers, and researchers of computer operating systems more generally.
USENIX sponsors several conferences and workshops each year, most notably the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI), the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, the USENIX Security Symposium, the USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), and with LISA (formerly SAGE), the Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA).
The Sanibel Symposium is an international scientific conference in quantum chemistry, solid-state physics, and quantum biology. It has been organized by the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, United States, every winter since 1960. It was founded by Per-Olov Lowdin who was involved in its organization every year from 1960 to his death in 2000. From 1960 to 1978, the symposium was held on Sanibel Island, but later symposia have been held in Palm Coast and St. Augustine. In 2005, the Symposium moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States.