Conferences and exhibitions are important venues to distribute information on exploration for oil and gas on the Icelandic Continental Shelf. Occasionally Orkustofnun organizes conferences on exploration in Iceland, usually upon launching a new licensing round. For example, the first Iceland Exploration Conference, which was held in Iceland. Around 130 people attended the conference, including 50 from abroad with representatives from 16 oil companies. In addition, the NEA runs booths at various trade shows abroad and representatives give presentations at exhibitions and conferences.