IFABS 2018 Porto Conference

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis – where are we heading now?

Porto Business School, University of Porto

June 30 - July 2, 2018


Keynote Speakers:

Governor of Bank of Portugal 
The conference highlights include other keynote addresses from academia and policy-makers. 


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to the IFABS 2018 Porto Conference, which will be hosted at Porto Business School, University of Porto, Portugal, on June 30-2 July, 2018.

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

It has been ten years since the U.S. mortgage market collapsed, the credit crunch squeezed liquidity out of the markets world-wide and triggered the collapse of many iconic financial institutions. The unprecedented financial distress and, subsequent, economic slowdown have been deeply felt around the world. Even now, after ten years of regulatory changes and numerous economy stimulating packages, the world economy has not fully recovered from the losses caused by the 2008 financial crisis. Even though the 2008 financial crises made us financially worse off, it taught us many valuable lessons about the role of regulation, risk management, banking competition, etc. In addition, it reminded us dramatically how deeply financial institutions are imbedded in the everyday life of businesses and individuals, and how integrated and interrelated financial markets of individual countries are, regardless whether they are developed or emerging.

However, it would be a great simplification to restrict the contribution of the last ten years to the lessons learnt from the 2008 financial crisis and from post-crisis stabilisation reforms. Fintech, FinReg, green finance and many other terms have grown from being trendy catch-words to becoming big and independent research fields. Moreover, we have not totally shaken off the possibility of experiencing another financial crisis. This time, however, it would not be the banking sector that would trigger the snowball of financial distress, but the pension industry, commonly thought to be ‘sensible’ long-term investors, conscientious institutional investors who would contribute to improving corporate governance in and transparency of markets.

So here we go again! We are organising another great conference that will bring academics and practitioners together in the effort to share our knowledge, experience and research.

The Conference Committee invites you to submit your current research papers that discuss interesting issues, improve our understanding of the past events and sharpen the awareness of what may happen. 

In addition to the papers directly related to the conference theme, the conference committee would also like to invite submission of papers relating to all aspects of banking and finance, especially those that address the new set of risks to financial stability posed by Fintechs whose business models relies on innovative uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning; papers in this area are particularly welcome with a view to explore risks and opportunities that Artificial Intelligence can create to the industry and to the financial system.

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, 2018. Kindly use the ConfTool system to submit your paper at:

Best Paper Award

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


Special Sessions

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals for special sessions, roundtables and panels. Please email your proposals to info@ifabs.org  by 15th March, 2018.


Important Dates
15th March, 2018     Deadline for paper submissions
15th April, 2018     Notification of acceptance
30th April, 2018     Deadline for early registration for presenters
07th May, 2018     Final Conference registration deadline
30th June-2nd July, 2018       IFABS 2018 Porto Conference dates


We look forward to seeing you in Porto, Portugal.

IFABS 2018 Porto Conference Local Committee:

Elísio Brandão, University of Porto (FEP & PBS)
Miguel Sousa, University of Porto (FEP & PBS)
Patrícia Teixeira Lopes, University of Porto (FEP & PBS)
Paulo Pereira, University of Porto (FEP & PBS)
Samuel Pereira, University of Porto (FEP & PBS)

IFABS 2018 Porto Conference Chairs:

Azzim Gulamhussen, Vlerick Business School
Thomas Noe, University of Oxford
Mohamed Shaban, University of Sheffield
Ania Zalewska, University of Bath