The University of Sussex Business School is pleased to announce the 7th Young Finance Scholars Conference.

28 - 29 May 2020

University of Sussex
Jubilee Building
Falmer, Brighton

The University of Sussex Business School is pleased to announce the 7th Young Finance Scholars’ (YFS) Conference. The special theme for this year’s event is Responsible Finance, which includes environmental issues, sustainability, ethical investments and the detection of illegal or manipulative trading

Conference submissions can be extended abstracts or papers, and they are encouraged in any area of Responsible Finance or Finance, including but not limited to: AI, asset pricing, banking, behavioural finance, big data analysis, corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, financial econometrics, insurance, machine learning, portfolio optimization, quantitative finance, risk management and trading.

Given the profile of the participants, we are very flexible on the submission you choose – it can be anything from an extended abstract to a completed paper – preferably not a paper that has already been accepted for publication, but if such a paper is accompanied with an extended abstract of the currently-planned follow-on research on which the scholar would like feedback – even that would be ok too. The more details that are included in your submission, the more likely (if accepted) we would ask for a presentation rather than a poster.

Who Should Attend?

YFS is Europe’s premier forum for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and other early career researchers. It provides the opportunity for these young scholars to present their research, discuss and debate the models used and the methodologies that they employ, network with their peers and industry experts, and receive comments and advice from leading researchers including editors of some key journals in the field.

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Conference Details

Today’s young finance scholars will benefit from submitting their work to this conference, not only for the networking and feedback for which YFS is renowned, but also by gaining a deeper understanding of the incredible scope of FinTech. Participants will gain insight to its potential to revolutionise developments in all types of financial markets, and for all the institutions that operate within them.

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century it has become evident to most, but not all, leaders in our global economy that the existing policies governing the behaviour of large corporations and financial institutions have not prevented the greed of a few powerful and wealthy individuals from condoning actions which cause environmental degradation and the exhaustion of non-renewable resources.

Finance practitioners have put considerable effort into understanding responsible practices and are integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making and processes. It is equally critical for academic scholars to turn their research towards the many topics in responsible finance, including:

  • Preventing unethical financial practices such as fraud, market manipulation, and other professional misconduct. These have always been difficult to detect and deter, despite ever increasing regulations about market abuse. Yet such practices are behind most corporate scandals and have clearly contributed to every financial and economic crisis since the great depression in the 1920s;
  • The significant social interest in sustainable financial products should lead to a flourishing of such investments. Policy makers are now advancing their initiatives, but there is still a strong need for academic research to provide guidance on sustainable finance issues;
  • Environmental and climate finance research promotes awareness of the consequences of climate change. This strand of the academic literature also plays a crucial role in providing academic guidance to countries on mitigating environmental variability and adapting to its impacts


Awards will be given to:

  • The best paper on Responsible Finance
  • The best overall paper
  • The best poster

The author of the best paper overall will also be awarded the title ‘Young Finance Scholar of 2020’.

Key Dates

  • Registration opens – 19th February
  • Submission and early bird registration closes – 3th May (Midnight UTC)
  • Authors notified of acceptance – by 10th May
  • Final submissions due – 14th May
  • Registration closes – 18th May (10:00 UTC)

Papers/Posters Submission

Submissions may be in the form of:

  • A full paper (that has not yet been accepted for publication)
  • A draft paper or a detailed outline of research in progress (No more than 1 A4 page containing proposed title, author(s) and summary)
  • An extended abstract (500-1,000 words)

Each paper submission should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words. Submissions that are not accepted for presentation in parallel streams may possibly be offered poster presentations instead.

At least one author, and the intended presenter, should be an early career researcher (i.e. a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher or a lecturer without a tenured position). Papers may be co-authored with senior academics, but presentations at the conference may only be from the early career researcher. 

Final submissions of accepted papers will be sent to the committee for comments in preparation for discussion on the day. Conference papers will not be published in any proceedings and are eligible for submission to an academic journal.

Please see the Call for papers page for information on how to submit. 


Head Organiser

Carol Alexander
Professor of Finance (University of Sussex)