Forums are usually organized by universities and departments to discuss an academic issue or problems in one of academic disciplines. Actually the definition of forum is quite elucide and sometimes instead of forum the term conference, convention, discussion or meeting may be used.
The forum panels on different topics are usually moderated by a specialist in the field who not only asks questions to the presenters, but also takes notes to sum up the panel results at the end.
Participation at the forums are like academic conferences. The forum organizers or distribute a call, so that all interested parties could apply or the organizers individually invite the participants.
In this section call for forum participation as well as forum programs are published regularly.