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2017 ARC Webinar Series: Modelling, Measurement and Management of Longevity and Morbidity Risk

Wednesday 17 May 2017 00:00

09.00 - 10.00 and 17.00 - 18.00 BST

Through its Actuarial Research Centre (ARC), and in partnership with the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the IFoA is sponsoring a research programme that seeks to develop a new generation of mortality and morbidity models, with a specific focus on the drivers for mortality.  Join this webinar to hear more from the Principal Investigator of this research programme, Professor Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University).

This webinar is part of a series to showcase three large research programmes currently running through the ARC, which seeks to address some of the significant challenges in actuarial science. To find out more about the other webinars that will be taking place in June, please visit the ARC webinar series page.  You can also book on to all webinars at the same time as booking your place on this webinar.

To join the webinar follow this link at 09:00h or 17:00h BST: 

By joining this webinar you will learn about the objectives of this research programme and some of the early developments since its commencement in autumn 2016.   You will be able to ask questions via a live feed to our speakers, joining in the debate wherever you are located in the world.

The “Modelling, Measurement and Management of Longevity & Morbidity Risk” programme has the following four aims:

  • development of the next generation of single and multi-population mortality models that are robust, straightforward to apply and that are designed explicitly to push back the barriers to financial innovation
  • developing open access modelling of the key drivers of mortality such as smoking, obesity and other lifestyle factors and understanding how these interact with all-cause mortality and cause-of-death mortality data
  • development of a robust, scientific approach that helps key stakeholders to understand better the wider range of options for managing longevity risk
  • development of new methods for pricing and reserving for Critical Illness Insurance.

Further details on this research programme can be found here.

These events are eligible for CPD and a recording of the live webinar will be available to view on our website shortly after the event. 

Event organiser

Contact Niki Park for more information.

020 7632 2152

Modelling, Measurement and Management of Longevity & Morbidity Risk 


  • Professor Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University) – Principal Investigator for the research programme


  • Professor Steven Haberman, Associate Director of the Actuarial Research Centre

This webinar will be run twice to accommodate different time zones around the world

  • First session: 09.00 – 10.00 BST
  • Second session: 17.00 – 18.00 BST  

Setting up for the Webinar

STEP ONE: Making sure you have the right device and browser software

Visit - Please do this on the device and the network connection you intend to view the live broadcast on.

Also we strongly recommend you complete the tests well in advance of the 17th May since there won't be any technical support available on broadcast day itself. Any issues will need be to be resolved beforehand.

You should see a blue IFoA branded title slide and then the broadcast should change to a playing video or a vertical colour test bars. If you are on a mobile device you will just see the title slide and will have to click on the video play button. This is because videos don’t start automatically on mobile devices.

If the above appears correctly then you have the correct software on your device to watch the live broadcast. Move onto STEP TWO to test your network connection to see if you have enough bandwidth to view it without buffering.

If you don’t see the video or hear anything, move into the FAQs to help diagnose what the problem may be. Resolve them and then retake STEP ONE

STEP TWO – Make sure you have enough bandwidth to view the live broadcast without buffering


Have a look at the results. You should have at least 512Kbps (0.5 mbps) per second for a reliable live broadcast without buffering.  If the check has shown lower than this, you will experience buffering issues and you should consider an alternative connection.

For instance, if you do experience slow playback and buffering when playing videos at work, you may like to view the live broadcast from a home PC or a mobile 4G connection, as these often deliver more network bandwidth than corporate networks.

FAQs/Helping you to diagnose issues

Will my network firewall/IT department allow me to see the live broadcast?

It should do yes, we are broadcasting in the same way that you would view a webpage, port 80. If you can't see the video or testcard then please contact your IT support department and they can liaise with our tech support team by email at  

Do I need Adobe Flash to see the live broadcast?

It’s an advantage, since it’s one of the streams we are providing, but not essential since we are broadcasting in other more modern formats too. Most modern browsers support html5 video without the need for the Flash plugin. Ensure you have one of the browsers below and Flash won’t be an issue.

You will not need any special software to interact with the live polls and questions to the panel.

Will I need speakers or headphone on my device?

Yes, you will in the normal way. If you see a video or test colour bars but don't hear anything contact your IT support department, since this will either be a device or a proxy/citrix issue.

Can I watch it on mobile tablet and phone devices?

Yes you can. Just make sure you have the correct browser (see below)

What browser do I need?

·         FireFox 37 and above

·         Internet Explorer 10 and above – Flash enabled

·         Chrome 42 and above

·         Safari 7.1 and above

·         Safari for iPad/iPhone (iOS) 7.1 and above

·         Opera 29 and above

·         Chrome for Android tablets and phones - 42 and above

Please note that the native Android browser is not supported - use Chrome 42 and above for Android phones and tablets

Can I view the live broadcast full screen?

Yes, you can. You’ll be able to click the full screen icon in the bottom right of the player controls. However you will not be able to see the questions and polls part of the interface if you do this.

Will I be able to see an on-demand version afterwards if I miss the live broadcast?

Yes you will. An on-demand version of the event will be made available after the live broadcast has finished.


The link for the live broadcast is above. The webinars will start promptly at 09:00 BST and 17:00 BST respectively and last for one hour. If you do participate in the questions and polls we encourage you to give your name as well where required. This isn’t essential but it helps the panel both in the webinar and afterwards in terms of feedback and follow up.


Event papers are only available once you have booked onto an event. You have to be logged in to the website to gain access.




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