Only, the problem was that no such discussion took place. It was never due to unforeseen circumstances as they like say, but as is the case for a few complex (well, they are perceived to be so) industries. But traditionally, there are industry stakeholders who do not foresee themselves extending their capabilities and existing manpower to attend to the tedium (but as it always turns out, necessary exercise) of staging or initiating a round-table discussion foreseen to go beyond one business day at least.
The development of new technologies and resultant products in relation to chemical analysis equipment perhaps may need to be discussed at length and in person. This is no ordinary annual conference or convention. An ideal location is being sought after. Appropriate settings must be found in order to physically demonstrate how the newly developed equipment works. It is the same all over again and across the board.
The same goes for a much needed talk, after being shown the ropes, on how new laser technologies (by way of another example) are, it is to be proposed, to be applied to design, manufacture and, indeed, medical processes and procedures respectively. All this talk and close contact is a far cry from the perceived convenience of a quick conference call via a video link (whereby parties from around the country, and indeed, from around the world can be in attendance at a moment’s notice) because in the brevity of the moment so much can be omitted.
Conference organizers take matters into their own hands. They take matters quite seriously in behalf of stakeholders who are their clients. They take time and effort to understand the affected or highlighted business and make arrangements in accordance with requirements and appropriateness.