I am contemplating going to week of seminars by Nielsen Norman in Amsterdam later this month. However, I'm starting to get some doubts how web-focussed these seminars are. For instance, the Interaction Design seminar (3-days) states (my highlight):
The best of the best in the computer industry are engineer-designers. Engineers can be quick to learn design, but design is not engineering. Your investment in giving your engineer the knowledge and tools needed to succeed will be paid back in full with the first change your newly-minted engineer-designer makes to your site.
I am working on desktop software myself, and I'm starting to be afraid that I'll find it out is too web-centric to be useful to me. I'd really welcome views from people who've been to these sessions before.
Note that I am relatively inexperienced in the UX field. I'm an engineer myself, though I find myself to be more sensitive to UX isues than the average developer here, and so I seem to get that role here.