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Cross practice research working parties

The Cross Practice area is active in member-led research across all Practice Areas. Member-led research working parties are volunteer-led groups which conduct research on timely topics of interest to the practice area and the wider profession

The current cross practice research working parties are:

  • Behavioural Finance - this Cross Practice Working Party investigates how various aspects of behavioural finance impacts on the work of actuaries
  • Climate Change - focusing on a broad range of topics covering all practice areas likely to be effected by climate change
  • Consumer Risk Metrics - developing simple and easy ways to understand risk metrics that will allow consumers to understand risk in a consistent way - this is a Cross Practice Working Party shared with Life and Risk
  • Extreme Events - this Cross Practice Working Party is shared by Life and F&I - widens understanding of the various methodologies that could be used for developing benchmark figures, including the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • FRC and Risk Reporting - current focus is on research into Long Term Viability Statement and Risk Culture
  • Impact of Changes in Employment Trends and Product Development - this cross practice working party will address potential practice areas to develop to include pensions rebranded on long term savings and protection needs
  • Infrastructure - This cross practice working party will undertake research to uncover information about the risks and rewards which investing institutions are likely to experience
  • Managing Uncertainty with Professionalism - seeks to develop general and simple principles to support actuaries in managing and communicating uncertainty in all fields
  • Modelling, Analytics and Insights from Data - established to investigate “Big Data” and primarily focused on the latest and emerging thinking associated with modern mathematical tools and techniques
  • Operational Risk (OR) - a cross Practice Working Party that acts as the conduit for Operational Risk (OR) research across all practice areas
  • Pensions and Long Term Care Steering Group - A cross practice Working Party investigating the challenges of meeting long term care costs, a significant funding challenge for individuals, and both, current and future governments
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for GI Practitioners - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for General Insurance actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for Investment Actuaries - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for Investment actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for Life Actuaries - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for Investment actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Programming of Actuarial Work -   exploring and supporting the adoption of best practice computer programming concepts and techniques in daily actuarial work
  • Risk Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles - seeking to identify the key risks associated with AV and examning in detail how the insurance industry might be affected
  • Infrastructure - undertaking research to uncover information about the risks and rewards which investing institutions are likely to experience with infrastructure investment
  • Secondary Annuities Scoping Group - seeks to conduct research related to annuitants and their engagement in a future secondary annuities market in the UK

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    Climate-Related Risk - This free to view webinar on Climate-Related Risk is the first in a series focusing on some of the ‘Hotspots’ identified in the JFAR Risk Perspective bringing the Risk Perspective to life with practical illustrations and insights from subject experts from the IFoA and other Regulators

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  • Actuarial Innovation in the COVID-19 era

    This event is online. 
    26 April 2021 - 7 May 2021
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    Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.

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    This event is now temporarily closed on Monday 26 April, but the session will be repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place. 

    Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.

  • Europe Town Hall

    28 April 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

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    Sessional Meeting - Free to viewMis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work

  • Finance & Investment Virtual Conference 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    10-12 May 2021
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    This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern

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    This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.

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    Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.


  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
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    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
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    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.