15 Must-Attend Conferences and Workshops 2015/2016: Social Sciences

15 Must-Attend Conferences and Workshops 2015/2016: Social Sciences

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With the summer behind us (at least for those in the northern hemisphere), now is the best time to start planning your academic calendar for the coming year. However, the number of conferences and workshops taking place in the next twelve months is enormous and may be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best one(s) for you. In order to help you with this endeavour, we have put together a selection of conferences and workshops organized by national and international organizations, covering a wide range of topics in social sciences.

If you have already chosen a great conference to attend, make sure you also take part in the INOMICS Conference Grant Contest. Just tell us why you want to participate in the event of your choice and why you should receive a €500 grant, with the help of which you can cover your registration, travel or accommodation costs.

Here are some of our top picks for events taking place between November 2015 and April 2016 (in chronological order):


The 2nd International Conference on Forecasting Economic and Financial Systems

Location: Beijing, China

Organizer: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Conference Dates:  Oct 30, 2015 to Nov 1, 2015

This conference aims to provide an excellent forum for sharing new developments in theories, methodologies and applications of forecasting complex economic and financial systems. The organizers look for significant contributions to all major fields related to economic and financial forecasting. The event will provide both researchers and practitioners a platform to meet and share cutting-edge development in the field. 


XIV “Brucchi Luchino” Labour Economics Workshop

Location: Bergamo, Italy

Organizer: University of Bergamo

Conference Dates: Dec 14, 2015 to Dec 15, 2015

The workshop is an opportunity to bring together young and senior labour economists to present their ongoing research. The programme will include 10-12 presentations, two poster sessions and a keynote lecture. This year keynote speaker is Francis Kramarz (CREST, ENSAE and CEPR).

VIII Italian Doctoral Workshop in Empirical Economics

Location: Moncalieri, Italy

Organizer: Carlo Alberto College

Conference Dates: Dec 17, 2015 to Dec 18, 2015

The aim of the workshop is to offer a stimulating environment where PhD students can present their papers and receive feedback and useful comments. Each paper will be discussed by a professor from the Faculty of Collegio Carlo Alberto and University of Turin. The submissions of papers on the following areas of research are particularly encouraged: Labour Economics, Household Economics, Health Economics, Crime Economics, Political Economics, and Industrial Organization.

Fourth Conference on Household Finance and Consumption

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Organizer: European Central Bank

Conference Dates: Dec 17, 2015 to Dec 18, 2015

The objective of the conference is to present research on household asset accumulation, debt, and consumption/saving behaviour over the life cycle. The focus of the conference is on research that makes use of household survey data, with some preference for cross-country comparative analysis and for papers making use of the HFCS data.

Conference on “Financial Stability and Housing in China”

Location: Shenzhen, China

Organizer: International Monetary Fund

Conference Dates: Dec 18, 2015 to Dec 19, 2015

This conference will feature sessions on the topics such as housing, municipal debt, shadow banking, or stock markets. The organizers welcome papers on any of these topics (or closely related ones) for inclusion in the program. In addition, they are looking for participants for roundtable discussions following each session.


ICCM 2016 Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Conference Dates: Jan 12, 2016 to Jan 13, 2016

The International Conference on Commodity Markets aims to assess and communicate the latest work of economists in energy and commodity markets. As well as being relevant and interesting for academics, the conference also aims to share the fruits of this work with industry professionals, from both energy and finance related companies. It is hoped that meetings between academics and business people will prove particularly beneficial. Furthermore, communication of conference themes to the public is achieved through a panel discussion and the presence of the media.

Business in a Dynamic World

Location: Agios Tychonas, Cyprus

Organizer: London South Bank University

Conference Dates: Jan 15, 2016 to Jan 17, 2016

These are challenging times for those who need to understand and advise on business and economic processes within the international economy, post-recession. This conference is for distinguished researchers and academics to present their latest research findings and have their papers published in peer reviewed journals post-conference. With a line-up of internationally recognised guest speakers, the conference is an opportunity to explore in-depth the realities of business in a fast changing world.



Location: Barcelona, Spain

Organizer: World Economic Research Institute (WERI), Socio-Economic Research Institute of Piemonte (IRES) Faculty of Economics of Ostrava Technical University

Conference Dates: Feb 1, 2016 to Feb 3, 2016

The conference program includes plenary sessions, panels, and presentations of contributed papers. The event is open to all line of theoretical and empirical research in economics, finance and entrepreneurship. It aims at bringing together scholars from all over the world for exchange of ideas, discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied research, and creating a research network for future joint collaborations.

IISES 21st International Academic Conference

Location: Miami, United States

Organizer: The International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES)

Conference Dates: Feb 9, 2016 to Feb 12, 2016

The event welcomes scholars, researchers, as well as corporation and government executives. One can present your research work or just attend. The International Academic Conference is amultidisciplinary conference with the topics on Business and Economics, Quantitative Methods, Social Sciences and Humanities, Teaching and Education, and many more.

Young Swiss Economists Meeting 2016

Location: ZĂĽrich, Switzerland

Organizer: KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich

Conference Dates: Feb 11, 2016 to Feb 12, 2016

The upcoming annual YSEM2016 invites PhD students and those who have recently received their PhD with a strong link to Switzerland to submit a paper to be presented at this workshop. Papers can be in any field of economics or related social sciences. The program com-mittee will consider both finished papers and promising work in progress (extended abstracts).


envecon 2016 - Call for Abstracts

Location: London, United Kingdom

Organizer: UK Network of Environmental Economists (UKNEE)

Conference Date: Mar 18, 2016

This one-day conference, now in its 14th year, brings together environmental economists from public and private sectors, academia and consultancy to share results of recent research and to discuss issues relevant to the practical application of environmental economics in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Papers that have policy relevance and have been used in decision-making by the public and/or private sectors will be of particular interest.

International Conference on Occupations, Skills, and the Labor Market

Location: Mannheim, Germany

Organizer: Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Conference Dates: Mar 18, 2016 to Mar 19, 2016

The conference focuses on occupations and skills in industrialized countries and on the ways these interact with employment, wages, participation in the labor market, and social inequality. The organizers invite empirical and theoretical contributions on this topic from all areas of economics, personnel economics, and sociology.

The 4th International Symposium on Energy and Finance Issues (ISEFI-2016)

Location: Paris, France

Organizers: IPAG Business School & Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials

Conference Dates: Mar 24, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016

ISEFI-2016 aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy and financial markets. The general theme of the 2016 Symposium is “Energy Price Fluctuations in an Uncertain Global Economy”. The conference organizers invite the submission of both theoretical and empirical papers relating to all aspects of energy markets and their interactions with financial markets.

5th PhD Student Conference in International Macroeconomics and Financial Econometrics

Location: Paris, France

Organizers: EconomiX-CNRS and the Doctoral School EOS of the Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense, the CeReFiM from the University of Namur, the CESAM from the Université Catholique de Louvain-Louvain School of Management and the LEO from the Université d'Orléans

Conference Date: Mar 25, 2016

The program of the conference will include several sessions covering the main areas of International Macroeconomics and Financial Econometrics. Anyone wishing to present a paper needs to submit it to a specific session.


Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference 2016

Location: Perth, United Kingdom

Organizer: Scottish Economic Society

Conference Dates: Apr 18, 2016 to Apr 20, 2016

The Society invites submissions of papers and proposals for organised sessions from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy, and Econometrics from academics, postgraduate students, and practitioners in government, local authorities, non-departmental public bodies, private sector and charitable organisations. The organizer places particular emphasis on the application of economics to policy. There will be invited sessions in separate policy and pedagogy streams and sessions specifically designed to support PhD students and young lecturers. The key note President’s Lecture will be given by Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides from London School of Economics.

We hope this list will help you choose a great event. You can find more social sciences and economics related events on INOMICS here and don’t forget to take part in our Contest here to earn your chance to win a €500 Conference Grant to help cover your costs.


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