I am looking for a very formal word instead of meeting. This is a small meeting with less than 20 people to discuss the current regulations in industry. It will be used for our huge conference this year as one of small sessions in the event. Do you know any formal word for it? I thought of meeting, talk and conference, but my boss does not like them. Please help me. Thank you.

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Given your specific scenario of naming smaller meetings that are part of a bigger conference, then I think the phrase you are looking for is breakout session.

Relatively short session where a small group of attendees, drawn from a large conference or convention, discusses specific subjects or aspects of the broad theme of the main gathering. Also called a breakout meeting.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/breakout-session.html

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