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The science of epidemic handling and response has long been an area of actuarial expertise. 

With an increasingly connected and complex world a pandemic can impact our health, wellbeing, and livelihood from many different perspectives and in ways that can be difficult to predict.  The multi-faceted influence of Covid-19 reflects the extent to which the work of actuaries and the industries that we work in are also impacted; this is an extreme event that actuaries from all Practice Areas may need to consider carefully in their work – from the obvious healthcare aspect to the wider economic fallout through falling asset values and challenging investment markets, to the non-life insurance industry facing claims for business interruption, travel disruption and legal liability challenges, to risk management practitioners trying to bring it all together.

As the global response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) gathers pace, our IFoA Pandemics Hub aims to provide the actuarial perspective on epidemic mitigation and control. Gathering together the most relevant research, articles, and insight on the subject from recognised experts; this resource is designed to ensure our members are fully appraised as to the actuarial approach. 

"At times like this, the IFoA has a significant role to play in both supporting our members and responding to the wider societal challenges. The IFoA COVID-19 Action Task Force aims to provide a range of outputs to support our members across all practice areas. We also seek to provide actuarial insight that could help and inform our members and others and contribute towards managing the impacts of this crisis."

Dr Louise Pryor

Incoming IFoA President-elect

Please see the IFoA’s Coronavirus Policy for our latest operational response to the current COVID-19 epidemic.

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    The role of actuaries within the health sector varies considerably from one country to another, due to differences in the local evolution of health systems and the funding models for health services. 

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.

  • The Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar looks at the many types of biases, both conscious and unconscious and the impacts they can have in the workplace.  Raising our own awareness and understanding of the issues can help us avoid the pitfalls of unconscious bias in particular.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘office banter’ but are we sure that’s how those on the receiving end perceive it and is it ok to go along with it?