I need a two word phrase to refer to a community of people (academia + non-academia) who come together to share/exchange their knowledge/ideas openly on topics of their interests/ specializations.

I would appreciate the use of small and easier/common words for the phrase. Single words are also acceptable. Feel free to throw out your creative ideas and newly invented phrases.


Some possibilities include skills circle, boffins' venue, experts' salon, idea tribe.

You could make a list of a dozen "contents", that is, words suggestive of who will participate or what the subject matter will be (e.g.: boffin, brain, expert, idea, ivory, knowledge, learner, notion, savant, scholar, skill, student, think, thought, tyro) and a similar list of collectives (e.g.: academy, bunch, circle, class, collective, colloquium, conference, forum, group, meeting, salon, seminar, society, tank, team, tribe, trust, venue) and look at all combinations of same.

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    I like boffin! Put it with moot for Boffin-moot :)
    – AnWulf
    Jan 31 '12 at 16:24
  • Nice suggestions. I like them! Jan 31 '12 at 19:07
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    @AnWulf Boffin-moot!? Wonderful idea for a t-shirt: "Follow Me to the Boffinmoot."
    – Gnawme
    Jan 31 '12 at 21:05

I'd generally call that a "conference" or "convention", often abbreviated to "con" for non-professional gatherings such as Anime or Comic cons.


In North Carolina, they have the annual Folkmoot (folk+moot) which is a festival.

So if yu want to be creativ ... then put the "meeting subject" + moot.

  • Finland has the talkoot: "a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task, similar to a bee or a barn raising in English."
    – Hugo
    Jan 31 '12 at 19:35

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