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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:

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Current Issues in Life Assurance (CILA)

8 May 2018, London

Are you interested in presenting at one of Life’s biggest events of the year?

The IFoA is seeking speakers for the pre-eminent one-day Life event: Current Issues in Life Assurance (or CILA) 2018. This event is one of the most popular in the Life calendar, regularly drawing over 200 delegates.

Speakers are welcomed from regulatory 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.

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

  • Key regulatory changes
  • IFRS
  • New product development and future proofing
  • Upcoming changes to the tax regime
  • The impact of negative/low interest rates on products, companies and consumers
  • The increasing use of reinsurance in respect of longevity exposure
  • With-profits developments
  • Back book management and consolidation
  • Demographics or Projections Modelling
  • International case studies or expertise in Life products
  • Any others you think may be of interest to the audience.

If you’re interested in presenting, please submit your proposal for CILA via our online system here.

With the following information:

  • Session Title,
  • Speaker name(s),
  • What type of session it is i.e. workshop, presentation, round table
  • a few words (max 150) on what you will cover in your session
  • where you have presented this material before (if applicable)

Please submit your abstract here. The call for speakers will close on 25 February2018.


Risk and Investment one day Conference

The Risk and Investment Conference is scheduled to take place in June and the date and venue for this will be communicated in due course.

Would you like to share your expertise or research with your peers and colleagues by speaking at an Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) next Risk and Investment Conference?  We are looking for dynamic and entertaining speakers with thought-provoking discussion and debate.

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

Please submit your abstract here. Closing date: 20 March.

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Pensions Conference 2018 (Spring/Summer)

Date and venue TBC 

Welcome and thank you for your interest in speaking at the IFoA’s Joint Risk, Investment, Pensions Conference 2018.

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

On this form, you will be asked to:
- submit a title of your talk
- 100 word description
- level of your talk
- the primary topic of your session
- contact details and names of all speakers.
- if it is a working party submission.

In response to your submission, applicants should note the following:

1. Priority will be given to submissions which demonstrate that delegates will gain skills or information with practical application aimed at the appropriate level.

2. In submitting a proposal you are committing to meeting the IFoA's deadlines, including:
- Submission of speaker names, workshop description and title prior to marketing of the Conference (mid-March 2018)
- Submission of workshop presentation 4 weeks prior to the Conference 
- Peer review where required

We are particularly looking for speakers to volunteer to present on the following topics and related areas of particular interest:

Primary topics for submissions can include:

- Communications
- Investments
- Funding / accounting
- Mortality
- Wider advisory
- Risk
- Legislation / legal matters

To submit your abstract please click here. Closing date for submissions: 20 March 2018 

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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)


2018 Asian Actuarial Conference, Hong Kong, 16-19 September 2018

The Actuarial Society of Hong Kong (ASHK) is proud to host the 2018 Asian Actuarial Conference (AAC), themed “Redefining the New Insurance World”, which will take place from 16 to 19 September 2018 at the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong. The Programme Committee is starting the search for speakers to present at this prodigious event. Would you like to be part of the programme?

Key Topics and Submission Process
The entire conference will take place over 2 ½ days and the sessions are tentatively planned as follows:

  • 1 key note speaker
  • 3 plenary sessions
  • 36 parallel sessions of 45 minutes each (including Q&A)

The Programme Committee has identified the following core disciplines of topics.

  1. Life insurance
  2. Property & casualty (i.e. Non-life or general insurance)
  3. Health insurance
  4. Pension, employee benefits and social security
  5. Reinsurance
  6. Risk, capital and value
  7. Innovations (e.g. in terms of products, markets, customers and distribution)
  8. Data, analytics, model applications and technology
  9. Regulating insurance industry (e.g. international accounting and solvency standards development)
  10. Future of the actuary
  11. Environmental, climatic changes
  12. Professionalism, ethics & values

These topics have been designed to encourage and inspire contributions; the Programme Committee has chosen not to provide a more detailed list of specific topics as we do not wish to narrow the scope of the Conference. The programme will be shaped by attendees, for attendees.

Speakers who are interested to give a presentation at the 2018 AAC shall make their submissions in English (including biography, outlines and presentation slides/paper) via online submission tool by 28 February 2018. Only selected speakers will be notified in April 2018.

SCOR Actuarial Award in Asia – 2018
All accepted full length papers will be eligible for consideration for the “SCOR Actuarial Award in Asia – 2018” of US$5,000, proudly sponsored by SCOR Group. The winner will be selected using criteria that include the command of actuarial concepts, the quality of the analysis instruments used, the clarity and the insightfulness in communication as well as the potential practical application of the topic in the insurance world. The winner will be announced during the closing ceremony of 2018 AAC.

To ensure the AAC provides a first-class experience for attendees, we are looking for dynamic and entertaining speakers to generate thought provoking discussion and debate!


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. 


GIRO 2018, 23-26 October

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in presenting a session at GIRO 2018.

The conference is taking place on 23-26 October 2018 at the ICC in Birmingham. The GIRO committee is looking for session proposals that offer some or all of the following, and the committee will be actively selecting proposals which clearly demonstrate consideration of the points below:

  • New and relevant subject matter
  • New speakers within the GI industry
  • Stronger technical content
  • Practical experiences and/or case studies
  • Active engagement from the audience vs. purely a presentation from the speakers with Q&A
  • Working party findings to update on and/or to help progress research
  • Contributions from industry practitioners outside the pure actuarial roles (e.g. joint presentations with underwriters/brokers/claims managers etc.)

All proposals will be considered by the GIRO committee and applicants will be contacted in due course.

On this form, you will be asked to:

- Submit a title of your talk

- 100 word description

- Level of your talk

- The primary topic of your session

- Contact details and names of all speakers

- If it is a Working Party submission.

Applicants should note the following:

Priority will be given to submissions which clearly demonstrate aspects of the criteria above and which can clearly explain in their proposal what the delegates will take away from the session.

In submitting a proposal for GIRO you are committing to meeting the submission deadlines set by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, including:

  • Submission of speaker names (up to 2 co-speakers), description and title prior to marketing of the conference
  • Submission of presentation 6 weeks prior to the conference.

Presentations should steer away from promotion of services/products/companies. Consultancies are encouraged to present alongside a client to provide a balanced view.

All workshop speakers will be supported by a shadow from the GIRO committee, if you are a first time speaker the committee will give you the support you may need. The role of the shadow is to discuss proposals before confirming a slot at the conference. Once a slot is confirmed the shadow will ensure the session achieves its aims and indeed keeps to its description. This will involve reviewing presentation slides between the submission deadline and the conference itself, providing feedback in good time to allow any material to be revised, should this be appropriate.

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

Submit your proposal here.

Closing Date: Friday 6 April 

Contact Details

Events Management Team

eventmanagement@actuaries.org.uk