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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 


 

CURRENT CALL FOR SPEAKERS

 

The IFoA’s Data Science Virtual event

Deadline for submissions: 7 January 2019

The IFoA are pleased to announce the launch of their first virtual event on Data Science from 26–28 February.

The event will offer delegates the opportunity to view live webinars from speakers with a wealth of knowledge in data science, alongside videos to showcase what actuaries are working on within the data science world.  There will be case studies and presentations to view and the chance to find out more about this relevant subject matter.  With a new webinar each day, delegates will have the opportunity to attend the sessions they wish and source the material relevant to their level of knowledge. 

The event will be open to all members; non-members; students and those with an interest in learning the basics of data science, or expanding their knowledge with more technical material.

We are looking for speakers to showcase work they are currently undertaking in data science, or how they apply it as a tool in their workplace or those speakers who can provide training insights into how to learn more on the topic. Topics include:

  1. Data science in the workplace
    Reflections on setting up a data science function, team or project within an actuarial organisation.  This might include establishing the business case, how challenges were overcome and achieving buy-in at all levels in the organisation.  Stories of effective collaboration between actuaries and data scientists would be of interest.
     
  2. Getting started in data science
    The focus of these sessions will be to help actuaries’ upskill and might include sessions covering models and techniques, data cleaning, workflows (including reproducibility of results), or useful tools and programming languages.  
     
  3. Application of data science techniques
    Showcasing data science techniques in actuarial fields and beyond: AI • Automation • Programming language • Machine learning modelling techniques etc
     
  4. Professional standards and ethics
    Exploring the social implications of the data and algorithms used, our practices and the quality assurance processes we follow to ensure this is done well.
     
  5. Any other topics you feel might be of interest, but don’t fit into the above categories

For further information and to submit visit our virtual event submission page.

Virtual Exhibition opportunities are also available, contact Hannah Watson to find out more.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Watson, Event Manager.

 


 

Pensions Conference 2019 - May

The annual ‘Pensions One Day Conference’ is scheduled for May 2019 and the date and venue will be communicated shortly.  Our conferences are the perfect forum to engage with and discuss new and thought provoking ideas with our members.    

The 2019 Pensions Conference is one such event which will be attended by actuaries working in increasingly wider fields.

This is your chance to submit proposals to present on leading-edge topics at what promises to be a dynamic networking opportunity.

We are keen that the programme offers topics on the following suggested key areas which are of particular interest to Pensions professionals within our industry:

  • Brexit
  • GMP equalisation (this could have multiple considerations and more than one session)
  • longevity,
  • ageing workforce considerations,
  • future DB regulation,
  • consolidation,
  • CPD regime – one year into the QAS trial,
  • CDC’s
  • setting a long-term target,
  • developments in the buy-out space,
  • achieving self-sufficiency,
  • general legal update,
  • Data science
  • Climate change
  • Liability management – anything new and exciting here
  • DC schemes – governance, investment, trends
  • PST
  • A session looking at a particular industry – for example, higher education, or charities, or LGPS etc.
  • Something on wider benefit provision and wellbeing– pensions and more?
  • Investment strategy – CDI, LDI developments, with-profits funds (yes, I said that), private markets, ESG requirements
  • Economics

Please submit your abstract here by the Closing date of 11 January 2019.


Risk and Investment one day Conference - June

The annual ‘Risk and Investment One Day Conference’ is scheduled for June 2019 and the date and venue will be communicated shortly.  Our conferences are the perfect forum to engage with and discuss new and thought provoking ideas with our members.    

The 2019 Risk and Investment Conference is one such event which will be attended by actuaries working in increasingly wider fields.

This is your chance to submit proposals to present on leading-edge topics at what promises to be a dynamic networking opportunity.

We are keen that the programme offers topics on the following suggested key areas which are of particular interest to risk and investment professionals within our industry:

Environmental: Climate change, particularly the possible financial risks (e.g. CP23/18) • Sustainable investments • Impact Investing

Technological: Automation and robotics • Artificial Intelligence • Machine Learning and Humans
Cyber attacks • Block chain, InsurTech, FinTech • Operational resilience

Economic: Post-Brexit opportunities and challenges • LIBOR to SONIA transition • The gig economy •
Macro Economics

Political: UK political risks • Regulatory expectations, e.g. treatment of existing vs new customers (unrewarded loyalty) • Trade wars and other geo-political tensions

Societal: Behavioural Finance • Culture and ethics in the workplace

Asset Class: ESG and multi-factor • Alternative assets

Emerging risks: General approach or any in the above categories

Please submit your abstract here by the Closing date of 13 January 2019.

 


IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu 09-10 May

The annual IFoA Asia conference is scheduled for 09 - 10 May 2019 in Chengdu, China.

Speaking at our conference provides an excellent opportunity for you to share your expertise and contribute to the development of actuarial science.

The Committee are particularly looking for presentations on the following primary topics. However, we will be pleased to consider presentations on other topics that could be of interest to attendees.

  • General Insurance
  • Investment
  • Life/the direction of innovation for health insurance
  • Pensions
  • Risk

Please submit your abstract here by the closing date of 1 February 2019

Contact Details

Events Management Team

eventmanagement@actuaries.org.uk