Definition: Congress theme
The theme of a congress is arranged according to the main field of specialised knowledge that is dealt with during the sessions, notwithstanding the fact that several subjects may be dealt with at the same time. The fundamental theme is proposed by the organiser with reference to the title of the congress.
A congress has, in itself, a theme which gives it identity and significance. Of the thousands of classifications which can be formulated, one recommendable model is the NACE Rev. 1 classification of activities. However, the degree to which NACE Rev. 1 breaks down its classifications does not easily demonstrate the different levels at which the transmission of knowledge and experience is distributed by C&Cs.
The following classification summarises, rearranges, selects and extends many of the topics indicated in other classifications focused exclusively on congresses . Considering that congresses have the aim of transmitting and enriching knowledge and understanding, there are six fundamental categories of knowledge:
· Knowledge of the Earth. Physics, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, geophysics, geology, cartography and topography.
· Knowledge of Life. Biology, plants, zoology, invertebrates, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals, medicine, ecology.
· Knowledge of Society. History, sociology, politics, communication, social problems, marginality, safety and delinquency, drug addiction, legal matters, international relations.
· Knowledge of Economics and Business. Macroeconomics, regional economics, applied economics, agriculture, industry, services, finance, communications, technological changes and innovations, information technology, robotics, auditing, business management, marketing.
· Knowledge of Man. Religion, theology, psychology, education, recreation, culture.
· Knowledge of a strongly interdisciplinary nature.
Eurostat, "Methodological manual for statistics on congresses and conferences", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000