IFABS 2019 Angers Conference

Reinventing banking and sustainable finance in a context of low interest rates, climate change, TCFD, AI and Fintech

ESSCA School of Management - Angers, France

June 27-29, 2019


Keynote Speakers:

JOËLLE DURIEUX, Managing Director of Finance Innovation
ERIC DUGELAY, Partner, Deloitte
ANNE-CLAIRE ROUX, Managing Director of Finance for Tomorrow, Paris Europlace 

MATTHIEU GARNIER, Global Head of Fintech and Research, BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking



Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to the IFABS 2019 Angers Conference, which will be hosted at ESSCA School of Management - Angers, France, on 27-29 June 2019. The International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) Conferences aim to provide a forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major financial and banking challenges and networking amongst academics, policy-makers, research students and practitioners. Founded in 2008 in the United Kingdom, IFABS, with over 3,500 members from over 60 countries, is one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to the promotion of research in banking and finance. The Society is recognised for the top quality research meetings and conferences it organises throughout the world.


Conference Theme

Banks are barely recovering from a major crisis, and are already facing multiple challenges that are forcing them to thoroughly review their working methods and reinvent themselves quickly. Low interest rates, and sometimes even negative interest rates are killing retail banking margins. The finance industry must compete with innovative services to retain their customers for whom switching banks or broker has never been easier. New risk assessment and reporting methods are to be invented to increase transparency, make markets more efficient and economies more resilient. Artificial intelligence is overturning existing methods of prospecting, marketing and risk assessment that have prevailed for decades. The rapid development of technology, access to a multitude of data, has allowed the emergence of Fintech categories that are not subject to the same rules as banks and accentuate disintermediation in the fields of insurance, payments, wealth management, equity financing, lending, and capital markets.  As if that wasn't enough, the increasing climate variability and the gloomy long-term perspectives pose significant financial challenges for many investors, asset and risk managers, and financial institutions looking for innovative ways to finance the transition to a more sustainable world. This is a great window of opportunity for academics and practitioners to unite their ideas and efforts to reinvent many aspects of finance and serve better the economic, social and environmental needs of our societies.


Both theoretical and empirical papers are encouraged in areas which include, but are not limited to:

• Artificial Intelligence
• Asset Pricing
• Capital Markets
• Financial Crises
• Financial Regulation
• FinTech & Financial Stability
• Green Finance and Climate Change
• Macro-financial Linkages
• Risk Measures and Stress Testing
• Financial Intermediation
• Corporate Finance
• Corporate Governance
• Market Microstructure
• Performance Measurement & Analysis
• Securitization
• Money and Liquidity
• Behavioural Finance
• Mathematical & Computational Modelling
• Financial Econometrics

The deadline for submission of completed papers (preferably), or very detailed abstracts, is 15th March 2019. Kindly use the ConfTool system to submit your paper at:

Best Paper Awards

In line with the IFABS tradition, the best research paper and the best Ph.D. paper drawn from the papers presented at the conference will be awarded, respectively, the IFABS Best Paper Award and the IFABS Best Ph.D. Paper.


Special Sessions

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals for special sessions, roundtables, and panels. Please email your proposals to info@ifabs.org by 15th March 2019.


Important Dates
15th March 2019     Deadline for paper submissions
19th April 2019     Notification of acceptance
31st May 2019     Deadline for early registration for presenters
07th June 2019     Final Conference registration deadline
27th-29th June 2019       IFABS 2019 Angers Conference dates


We look forward to seeing you in Angers, France.



IFABS 2019 Angers Conference Chairs:

Professor Jean-Louis Bertrand, ESSCA
Professor Miia Chabot, ESSCA