100-525, § 9 (c) (1), replaced «Instructions» with «Intructions» and amended the fourth sentence in general. NFs support conferences, symposia and workshops in specific areas of science and technology, which bring together experts to discuss current research or education results or to expose other researchers or students to new research and education techniques. NSF encourages the convening of major international conferences, symposia and workshops in the United States. Conferences are supported only if regular meetings of specialized societies do not achieve equivalent results. Although requests for support for conferences, symposia and workshops normally come from educational institutions or scientific and technical societies, they can also come from other groups. .