The article gives an overview of young scientists conferences, with a focus on the representation and participation of young folklorists. The tradition of such conferences dates back to 1974 (Institute of Language and Literature) and 1978 (Estonian Literary Museum). The overview reflects changes both in conference organization and presentation technology. It also points out the changes in research focus throughout the 40 years period. The article is based on the recollections of the participants and organizers as well as on published sources.