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Call for speakers

Would you like to share your expertise or research with your peers and colleagues by speaking at an Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) conference or event?

Speaking at our events and conferences provides an opportunity to share your expertise and contribute to the development of actuarial science. By speaking you will provide CPD opportunities for IFoA members. As a speaker you will also enjoy networking opportunities and additional benefits.

We deliver a wide variety of events throughout the year for which we select speakers

Alongside our six residential conferences we hold business skills seminars (masterclasses), sessional meetings, networking events, and one day seminars/workshops. We welcome proposals from members and non-members on technical and business skill subjects.

How to submit your proposal to speak at a conference or event or suggest a topic for a presentation

We issue calls for speakers for our conferences and events throughout the year. As part of your submission we request the following:

  • 75 word summary which must include an outline of the technical level of knowledge required to understand the topic and the practice area(s)/theme that the topic falls within
  • format of your session i.e. presentation, debate, panel session, round table discussion
  • company and contact details (of all speakers involved).

If you want to nominate a speaker or topic, but do not want speak yourself, we are also keen to hear from you.

Please note that by submitting an application you are agreeing to allow your name and contact details to be passed onto the organisation committee who may contact you regarding your submission.

We can be contacted on the below details for any additional information 

If you want to respond to our call for speakers please take a look at the current list below:


IFoA Africa Roadshow 2018 – Call for speakers

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries are holding an inaugural series of events across three African countries in April 2018. We are planning one day events in Mauritius, Kenya and Nigeria.

We are looking for dynamic and entertaining speakers with thought-provoking discussion and debate.

Please note we are looking for sessions that are approximately 45-50 minutes long including at least 10 minutes for questions and answers - so please take this into consideration when planning your presentation. 

Primary topics to choose from include:

  • Pensions
  • Risk Management
  • Finance and Investment
  • General Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Health and Care
  • Enterprise risk

Please submit for the event you would like to contribute to below. Please note speakers are required to fund their own travel to the conference and the destination country

IFoA Africa Roadshow 2018 – Mauritius, 23 Apr 2018

IFoA Africa Roadshow 2018 – Nairobi, 25 Apr 2018

IFoA Africa Roadshow 2018 – Lagos, 27 Apr 2018

Closing date: Wednesday 24 January 2018

IFoA Asia Conference 2018, Bangkok Call for papers and Speakers

10-11 May 2018, The Berkeley Hotel, Bangkok

Welcome and thank you for your interest in speaking at the IFoA's Asia Conference 2018 in Bangkok

The committee are looking for dynamic and entertaining speakers with thought-provoking discussion and debate.

Please note that we are looking for sessions that are approximately 45-50 minutes long including at least 10 minutes for questions and answers - so please take this into consideration when planning your presentation. 

Please note speakers are required to fund their own travel to the conference and the destination country

Primary topics to choose from include:

  • Employee benefits and health
  • General Insurance
  • Investment
  • Life
  • Multiple Discipline
  • Resource and environment
  • Risk

Please submit here by Friday 26 January

Mortality and Longevity Seminar

19 June 2018, London

Following on from a successful and well-attended workshop in 2017, this year’s seminar will appeal to Life, Pensions and Health and Care actuaries eager to learn about the latest developments and current ‘hot topics’ in mortality and longevity. 

Speakers are welcomed from regulatory or research bodies, industry (both large and small companies) and consulting firms.  We are particularly interested in finding experienced, confident speakers who are willing to impart technical sessions in a practical and interactive manner.

Sessions will be designed to be accessible to delegates with a broad range of prior knowledge and experience, and to have a practical or business focus.

We are looking for dynamic and entertaining speakers to lead thought-provoking sessions ranging from informative through to discussion and debate.  If you have ideas for content or speakers for the programme, then we would love to hear from you.  

Potential topics we would be interested in adding to the programme include:

  • Topical updates, including recent experience and emerging insights from the latest research
  • the impact of pensions freedoms on measuring future annuitant mortality (given the reduction in annuity sales the future populations would presumably be smaller)
  • drawdown mortality (and any issues of tracking it e.g. how you get the data given a wider number of companies sell drawdown for example non-insures like Fidelity)
  • Big data and Mortality
  • Understanding longevity and morbidity risk
  • Ethics
  • Any others you think may be of interest to the audience.

You will need to include the following information:

  • Session Title,
  • Speaker name(s), Company,
  • A summary of the session as it would be advertised (max 40 words)
  • An abstract (max word 150) on what you will cover in your session
  • Where you have presented this material before (if applicable)

The call for speakers will close on 6 February 2018.

Please Submit Here 


Call for One Day Seminars for General Insurance

The General Insurance Education and Continuing Professional Development (GI ECPD) Committee are preparing the next round of GI One Day Seminars. These aim to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues and the latest research. 

The pricing, reserving and capital modelling seminars focus on these specific areas, while CIGI has a broader programme aimed at nearly qualified to experienced actuaries working in any area of general insurance.  

We would like to hear from you if you are keen to share your knowledge and expertise.

Please click on the event you would like to submit a proposal for. If you would like to be considered for more than one seminar, please note this in the comments section – there is no need to submit more than one proposal. 

*         Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) - 17 May 2018 (closing date: 17 February)

*         Pricing Seminar - 5 June 2018 (closing date: 5 March)

*         Reserving Seminar - 20 June 2018 (closing date: 20 March)

*         Capital Modelling Seminar - January 2019  (closing date: October 2018)


Call for Papers: Health and Care ‘Hot Topics’ Short Research Papers

17 September 2018

Closing Date: 24 January 2018

The Health and Care Research Committee is looking for volunteers interested in writing and presenting short research papers (approx. 5-10 pages) on hot topics, intended to provoke discussion and lead to possible further research and debate. 

The committee is open to all current hot topics (which should have a technical actuarial focus), however, there is a particular interest in the following areas:

  • Obesity/Diabetes
  • Pandemics (Ebola, Zika etc.)
  • Ageing population
  • Cyber attacks targeting health data
  • The impact of climate change on health
  • Social care/long term care
  • Other relevant topics may also be considered

Three papers will be selected to be presented at Staple Inn, London.  The evening will include three presentations of 30 minutes, including Q&A, and will take place at Staple Inn, London on 17 September 2018, at a sessional meeting.

The committee is unable to cover travel costs for international members to present at this event.  However, we would be keen to support international applicants to present locally where IFoA Regional Communities exist internationally, or to have your paper published on the Research Committee website or in another actuarial publication such as The Actuary or BAJ, subject to length and editorial board approval.

Experience/skills/background desirable:  If you have expertise in one of the topics listed above, or another hot topic, and are interested in writing and presenting a short research piece on it, we would like to hear from you. 

Time commitment:  Presenters will be expected to start work on their research in January 2018; and the final draft will be due in early May 2018. Support will be provided by the Health and Care Research Committee. 

Next steps and how to get involved:  If you are interested in producing and presenting a paper, please submit a 100-150 word abstract here.

If more than one presenter comes forward for a particular topic, we may ask that those on similar topics link up to work on one piece of research, jointly. 

Contact Details

Events Management Team