Call for speakers

We regularly update this page with opportunities to speak at our conferences. These include GIRO, Life Conference, IFoA Asia Conference, and the General Insurance Spring Conference.

Explore our call for speakers below or read about why to present at a conference.

IFoA Asia Conference 2024: call for speakers

IFoA Asia Conference 2024, 24 to 25 July, Guangzhou Yuexiu International Congress Centre (GYICC), call for speakers

 

We are holding the Asia Conference 2024 in Guangzhou, China, on 24 and 25 July.

The theme of this year’s conference is: Tomorrow’s actuarial science: emerging trends and technologies

The goal is to produce a cross-practice actuarial conference for our members, non-members, industry specialists, and stakeholders based in Asia.

Are you keen to share your research, knowledge, or thought leadership with a large audience in Asia and worldwide? We would be delighted to hear from you.

 

Categories

We are looking to select a range of talks in the prominent practice areas for the geographical location of the conference.

These include but are not limited to:

  • life and health
  • general insurance
  • risk, solvency, and reporting
  • climate or ESG
  • artificial intelligence or data and technology
  • investment, banking, finance, and pensions
  • any other topics related to the theme or the profession

 

Proposal details

You are invited to submit a proposal on your chosen subject, which may or may not be from the categories above.

It should be a length of about 200 words summarising your talk and cover:

  • target audience and assumed knowledge level
  • learning outcomes and key takeaways for attendees (elevator pitch: key areas covered and benefit to attendees)*
  • other useful background information (for example, working party submission and uses results from a survey)
  • format of your session (for example, interactive live presentation, debate, panel session, pre-recorded presentation)
  • company and contact details of all speakers
  • language of presentation (Mandarin Chinese or English)

 

*Learning outcomes and key takeaways

This is key for the committee’s decision-making. We can only base our decision on your submission so being clear and specific improves the likelihood of selection.

It also supports us in marketing your talk to the right audience to strengthen engagement.

And it can encourage audience sign-ups. For example, members working in a particular area who are interested in the outcome of work done by a working party.

 

Gentle reminders

Please submit your proposal in English.

The sessions are about 45 minutes long including at least 5 minutes for questions and answers. Please take this into consideration prior to your submission.

Some sessions are recorded and made available on demand on the IFoA video archive and e-shop after the conference.

 

Deadline

Tuesday 26 March at 17:00 (GMT)

We will get back to you shortly after the deadline.

All submissions are considered independently by the Asia Conference 2024 Technical Content Committee.

 

Commitments

Please note that in submitting a proposal, you are committing to:

  • meeting the IFoA’s deadlines, which include submitting:
    • speaker names, workshop description, and title prior to marketing of the conference
    • your workshop presentation about 4 weeks prior to the conference
  • IFoA processes: all presentations go through a peer review by the conference committee
  • funding your own travel, accommodation, and other relevant expenses at the conference if attending in person

If you feel that you may not be able to present at the conference due to workload or other commitments in July 2024, we respectfully ask that you do not put yourself forward.

 

An example of a good submission:

Why isn’t machine learning (ML) used routinely in reserving as it is in personal lines pricing?

Although there is widespread interest in ML, we see the same questions come up time and time again on difficulties and obstacles to incorporating ML into reserving. These are topics of substance with no single, easy answer and include questions such as:

  • why use ML for reserving in the first place?
  • how do you get your stakeholders (including auditors) on board with using ML?
  • how can we research and apply ML techniques if we don’t have access to granular transactional data?
  • how do you incorporate judgement or external information into an ML-based reserving process
  • are actuaries going to be replaced by data scientists?

In this session we will have a panel discussion featuring various members of the Machine Learning in Reserving Working Party (MLRWP) and we will discuss these points and others. The MLRWP has shared many of our findings and material in talks and on our blog.

This will be delivered virtually and will be a high-level session rather than a technical one. It should be of interest to actuaries at all levels with an interest in ML including senior actuaries and team leaders who are interested in using ML in the reserving process and may be asking many of these same questions.

Submit your proposal

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If you have queries, please contact (either address):

Submit proposal

Life Conference 2024: call for speakers

IFoA Life Conference 2024, 14 to 16 October, Manchester Central, call for speakers

 

We are starting the search for speakers to present at our premier annual Life Conference, 14 to 16 October in Manchester. Would you like to be part of this renowned event?

If you would like to propose a workshop session for this year’s conference, we want to hear from you. As part of continual improvement and to encourage submissions, some of the content can be delivered virtually with at least one co-presenter present in the room for the in-person audience.

The programme committee is looking for sessions that:

  • give relevant insights or new thinking to help actuaries in their diverse and challenging roles
  • hear from a range of professional colleagues working in life offices, consultancies, reinsurers, or sole practitioners with diverse backgrounds (such as underwriting, claims, accounting, marketing, and legal and compliance)
  • add an international perspective to the conference where co-presenters who reside abroad can opt for virtual presentations
  • deliver results from working parties where there has been new or further developed research

 

Categories

We are looking for a diverse range of dynamic and entertaining speakers to generate thought-provoking discussion and debate.

We are aiming to select a range of talks across:

  • regulatory (for example, Solvency II UK, funded reinsurance, IFRS 17)
  • customers and Consumer Duty
  • bulk annuity market or pensions risk transfer market
  • product development and innovation across protection health and care practice areas
  • technology (for example, data science, AI, or ChatGPT)
  • soft skills (for example, team management or mental health)
  • impacts of a post pandemic world (for example, demographic and mortality trends and economic issues)
  • ESG considerations (for example, biodiversity, nature loss, or carbon footprint)
  • development in the international markets
  • developments in underwriting and claims practices across protection health and care practice areas such as the right to be forgotten and fraud management

 

Proposal details

The workshop sessions are 50 minutes long and should include at least 10 minutes for questions and answers.

Please include a summary of about 200 words on your chosen subject, which may or may not be from the categories list above.

This should cover:

  • target audience and assumed knowledge level
  • key outcomes or knowledge that attendees will take away 
  • other useful background information (for example, a working party submission or results from a new survey) 
  • the format of your session (for example, debate or panel session) 
  • company and contact details of all speakers presenting

For selected talks the submitted title and abstract is included in the conference programme.

Please be aware that successful applicants are required to provide slides in advance of the conference date to allow for a peer review process.

 

Deadline

Wednesday 17 April at 09:00 (GMT)

All submissions are considered independently by the Life Conference 2024 Organising Committee.

 

An example of a good submission:

Why isn’t machine learning (ML) used routinely in reserving as it is in personal lines pricing?

Although there is widespread interest in ML, we see the same questions come up time and time again on difficulties and obstacles to incorporating ML into reserving. These are topics of substance with no single, easy answer and include questions such as:

  • why use ML for reserving in the first place?
  • how do you get your stakeholders (including auditors) on board with using ML?
  • how can we research and apply ML techniques if we don’t have access to granular transactional data?
  • how do you incorporate judgement or external information into an ML-based reserving process
  • are actuaries going to be replaced by data scientists?

In this session we will have a panel discussion featuring various members of the Machine Learning in Reserving Working Party (MLRWP) and we will discuss these points and others. The MLRWP has shared many of our findings and material in talks and on our blog.

This will be delivered virtually and will be a high-level session rather than a technical one. It should be of interest to actuaries at all levels with an interest in ML including senior actuaries and team leaders who are interested in using ML in the reserving process and may be asking many of these same questions.

Submit your proposal

You will be prompted to create an account if you do not have one already.

If you have queries, please contact eventmanagement@actuaries.org.uk

Submit proposal

Health and Care 2024: call for speakers

We are looking for speakers at our in-person event on 18 June in London and for webinars throughout the year.

The Health and Care Lifelong Learning Committee at the IFoA is actively shaping the CPD event programme for the period March 2024 to February 2025. This builds on the success of its programme showcased during 2023 to 2024.

As the committee continues to curate an engaging and diverse programme, it extends an invitation for applications from potential speakers who wish to contribute to:

  • upcoming in-person event in London on Tuesday 18 June
  • webinars running throughout the year

We also encourage members to propose subjects of interest and suggest speakers for us to approach. We value contributions from various professional backgrounds, including insurers, reinsurers, consultancies, actuaries, and other relevant fields.

 

Categories

Our goal is to explore a wide range of topics that resonate with the health and care community, both in the UK and internationally.

We are looking for a diverse range of dynamic and entertaining speakers to generate thought-provoking discussion and debate. We are looking to select a range of talks across:

  • product development and innovation across protection health and care practice areas
  • developments in underwriting and claims practices across protection health and care
  • practice areas such as right to be forgotten and fraud management
  • hot topics for protection health and care actuaries such as consumer duty and distribution quality
  • impacts of a post pandemic world such as demographic and mortality trends and economic issues
  • regulatory, for example, Solvency II UK, funded reinsurance, IFRS 17
  • ESG considerations or impact of climate change on everyday work
  • developments in the international markets

 

Deadline

Monday 18 March

All responses received by this date will be thoroughly considered as we finalise our programme. We appreciate your interest in contributing to the professional development of our community.

 

An example of a good submission:

Why isn’t machine learning (ML) used routinely in reserving as it is in personal lines pricing?

Although there is widespread interest in ML, we see the same questions come up time and time again on difficulties and obstacles to incorporating ML into reserving. These are topics of substance with no single, easy answer and include questions such as:

  • why use ML for reserving in the first place?
  • how do you get your stakeholders (including auditors) on board with using ML?
  • how can we research and apply ML techniques if we don’t have access to granular transactional data?
  • how do you incorporate judgement or external information into an ML-based reserving process
  • are actuaries going to be replaced by data scientists?

In this session we will have a panel discussion featuring various members of the Machine Learning in Reserving Working Party (MLRWP) and we will discuss these points and others. The MLRWP has shared many of our findings and material in talks and on our blog.

This will be delivered virtually and will be a high-level session rather than a technical one. It should be of interest to actuaries at all levels with an interest in ML including senior actuaries and team leaders who are interested in using ML in the reserving process and may be asking many of these same questions.

Submit your proposal

If you have queries, please contact eventmanagement@actuaries.org.uk

Submit proposal

IFoA Middle East Conference 2024: call for speakers

 

We are looking for speakers for the inaugural IFoA Middle East Conference. It is scheduled to take place in May 2024 on:

  • 11 to 12 May, Riyadh
  • 15 to 16 May, Dubai

If you are keen to share your research, knowledge, or thought leadership with your actuarial community, we would be delighted to hear from you.

 

Categories

We are keen to ensure the conference appeals to a wide audience, covering all key areas of the actuarial sector and including any new and emerging market issues.

We are looking to select a range of talks across:

  • insurance market environment and trends
  • economic issues (for example inflation, global economic outlook, social fairness)
  • Vision 2030 (role of actuaries in finance and insurance)
  • UAE 2040
  • actuarial science programmes in academic institutions (for example in Bahrain and KSA)
  • technology in insurance (for example data science, AI including machine learning, coding)
  • emerging and evolving risks (for example ESG, climate change, geopolitics, cyber, blockchain, digital currency, driverless cars)
  • regulatory environment (for example regulator views, SII reform, IFRS 17, personal injury discount rates)
  • pricing (how to practically manage challenges in the region)
  • reserving
  • pensions and employee benefits
  • capital modelling
  • non-traditional roles (for example risk, exposure management)
  • actuaries in the workplace (for example communication, professionalism, DEI, agile, professional excellence)
  • developing the profession in the region
  • actuaries’ role in healthcare reform in the Middle East
  • risk frameworks
  • other

 

Deadline

Wednesday 13 March

 

An example of a good submission:

Why isn’t machine learning (ML) used routinely in reserving as it is in personal lines pricing?

Although there is widespread interest in ML, we see the same questions come up time and time again on difficulties and obstacles to incorporating ML into reserving. These are topics of substance with no single, easy answer and include questions such as:

  • why use ML for reserving in the first place?
  • how do you get your stakeholders (including auditors) on board with using ML?
  • how can we research and apply ML techniques if we don’t have access to granular transactional data?
  • how do you incorporate judgement or external information into an ML-based reserving process
  • are actuaries going to be replaced by data scientists?

In this session we will have a panel discussion featuring various members of the Machine Learning in Reserving Working Party (MLRWP) and we will discuss these points and others. The MLRWP has shared many of our findings and material in talks and on our blog.

This will be delivered virtually and will be a high-level session rather than a technical one. It should be of interest to actuaries at all levels with an interest in ML including senior actuaries and team leaders who are interested in using ML in the reserving process and may be asking many of these same questions.

Submit your proposal

If you have queries, please contact eventmanagement@actuaries.org.uk

Submit proposal

Why present at a conference?

Presenting offers a range of transferable skills that can help advance your skill set, both personally and professionally. These include:

Raising your profile

Speaking at a conference or event will increase your visibility and help you develop your personal brand.

Developing your communication skills

You’ll learn how to speak confidently to a room full of people and develop your own personal presenting style. You’ll become experienced at explaining your ideas clearly and succinctly – skills that you can then take back and reapply in your workplace, for example when chairing meetings, presenting to clients, or giving feedback to colleagues.

Building your network

Presenting enables you to connect and build rapport with an audience – useful skills that can also help you to network and grow your contacts.

Helping your job prospects

Not only will presenting look impressive on your CV, it also means that you’ll start to make a name for yourself within the profession, as well as being more confident in job interviews.

Helping your profession

You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you have passed on information and learning to your peers, helping to disseminate and develop knowledge across the profession.

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