University of Reading to host financial high-flyersBy David Millward
August 29, 2012
Some of the greatest brains in the world of finance will gather for a high profile conference to be hosted by the business arm of The University of Reading next year.
The 2013 European Financial Management Association (EFMA) conference will be held in June by the Henley Business School for the first time.
The prominent academic conference will see leaders from the international financial sector share knowledge and discuss decision making in all areas of the profession.
Professor John Campbell, chairman of the economics department at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, will be the keynote speaker.
Dr Simone Varotto, senior lecturer in finance at the ICMA (International Capital Market Association) Centre at Henley Business School, will be chairman of the conference.
He said: “Hosting such a prestigious event is an amazing opportunity for both our staff and students to be exposed to the highest level of discussion, interpretation and policy development.
“Listening to Professor Campbell alone discuss finance is a privilege, never mind the hundreds of other great financial minds that will be gathered at Reading.”
About 300 papers are expected to be presented in total across the four days of the conference, on June 26-29, which will include special sessions on topical subjects and contributions from prominent academics, senior practitioners and regulators.
All areas of finance will be discussed, including bankruptcy and financial distress, corporate governance, bank regulation and currency market and exchange rates.
John Doukas, executive director of EFMA and managing editor of its journal European Financial Management, said: “I am delighted that the 2013 EFMA conference will be held at such a prestigious institution as The University of Reading.
“The ICMA Centre and Henley Business School, who are organising the event, are well established and highly regarded in academic finance circles and the finance industry.
“Their expertise, excellent facilities and proximity to London make them an ideal host for the EFMA annual meeting.”
This year’s conference was held at the University of Barcelona, in Spain, and included panellists from the International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank as well as the former director of the Greek prime minister’s economic office.
The call for papers for the 2013 EFMA conference is now open and details will soon be available on the dedicated website www.icmacentre.ac.uk/efma2013