A participação em conferências permite que os indíviduos exponham as suas ideias, para um alvo determinado, alargando conversas e discussões que enriquecem o seu trabalho e criando pontes com outros trabalhos que estão a decorrer, ao mesmo tempo que se inteiram do estado da arte, muitas vezes, na primeira pessoa.
Conferences and Weblogs: "It is this latter function that, in my opinion, the academic conference serves. Certainly, it is an opportunity to present current findings, but with the pace of research, it is entirely likely that what is presented is already far along by the time conference attendees see it. Journals and informal exchanges serve to keep folks abreast of information. The primary role of the conference is as an opportunity to establish colleagues, partners, acquaintances, and friends. Delivering papers is largely a function of providing public introductions, both to the research and the researchers."
Conferences and Weblogs: "I think that weblogs can play an important role here as a tool that does not replace physical conferences, but allows for both an alternative route to these ends, and an enhancement to such experiences. I think blogs could be particularly good at providing a way to keep people updated between major conferences, and as a way of making conferences better, by providing some of the preparatory support (introductions) that would make the time together better spent."