EFA Doctoral Workshop

Alongside the EFA Annual Meeting, a one-day EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) is organized for PhD students in their second or third year. EFA recently launched an educational workshop series on New Frontiers in Finance – featuring a different theme topic each year. The EFA-DW is held in parallel with the EFA Doctoral Tutorial (EFA-DT) on the same day the EFA Annual Meeting officially starts, preceded the evening before by a networking welcome dinner. During the EFA-DW, research on the selected Finance topic(s) is summarized in lecture presentations by leading professionals, and potential directions for future research are discussed. The aim is to explore lesser-known areas of Finance and provide a solid background for PhD students interested in pursuing research in these fields.

2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop (Helsinki)

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (welcome dinner on August 18, 2020)
Location: Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni, Helsinki, Finland
Theme Topic: FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency
Call for Applications
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Program & Call

The 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This one-day workshop will study the new FinTech area of digital currency and blockchains, which has become one of the fastest growing research areas in Finance. We will examine research into the architecture of distributed ledgers, decentralized consensus protocols, and smart contracts, as well as the governance issues connected to them. Uses of cryptocurrency in payments, entrepreneurial finance (ICOs), remittances, and capital market clearing and settlement will be explored. Additional sessions will consider research into the performance of digital assets as investments and the emergence of stablecoins as potential rivals to sovereign fiat currencies, among other topics. This EFA-DW will highlight the most important research published to date on these topics and look closely at emerging regulation and FinTech data sources. The 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop takes place at Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni, in Helsinki, Finland, preceding the opening of the 47th EFA Annual Meeting.

Application & Guidelines

Application for the 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop opens February 15th and closes March 15th at 13:00 CET (Central European Time). Note that applications with supporting documents can only be submitted during this one-month period. For detailed information, please consult the EFA-DW Info & Guidelines.

Interested PhD students in their second or third year are invited to submit their applications for the 2020 EFA-DW by uploading the following documents (in PDF format):

  1. Application Letter (one page)
  2. CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation (from the PhD Advisor or Coordinator) explaining how the EFA-DW topic is linked to the student's research and how the PhD student could benefit from participating in the workshop.
    This letter should be uploaded separately via Dropbox at the following link (by the advisor or the student): https://www.dropbox.com/request/KCS1EHZfnStdv4Y3LlSW.

Application link: www.conftool.com/phd-efa2020 | Submission deadline: March 15, 2020 (13:00 CET)

Decision notifications will be delivered by mid-May 2020 to confirm which PhD students have been selected to participate in the 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop on FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency.

Chair & Invited Speakers


If you have any inquiries or encounter difficulties with the 2020 EFA-DW application process, please contact the organizers via e-mail (phd-efa@european-finance.org).

2020 EFA Annual Meeting

As part of the 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop program, accepted students are invited & expected to participate in the 47th EFA Annual Meeting, so will each receive a free EFA membership for the year and a registration pass to EFA 2020 Helsinki. Also, on the (Tuesday) evening before the event, there is a complimentary welcome dinner to which student participants and faculty presenters are invited.

NOTE: The EFA Doctoral Workshop is a closed session – participants are allowed admittance to this pre-conference event by invitation only.

Recent Events

Below are listed recent EFA-DW locations, dates, and relevant links.

46th EFA Annual Meeting – Carcavelos, Portugal – August 21, 2019
3rd EFA-DW 2019 (Carcavelos): ESG / CSR / SRI
Chair: Laura Starks (University of Texas at Austin)
Invited Speakers: Zacharias Sautner (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management); Philipp Krueger (University of Geneva | Swiss Finance Institute)

45th EFA Annual Meeting – Warsaw, Poland – August 22, 2018
2nd EFA-DW 2018 (Warsaw): Household Finance
Chair: Johannes Stroebel (NYU Stern School of Business)
Invited Speakers: Theresa Kuchler (NYU Stern School of Business); Joe Vavra (Chicago Booth)

44th EFA Annual Meeting – Mannheim, Germany – August 23, 2017
1st EFA-DW 2017 (Mannheim): Insurance Markets
Chair: Ralph S.J. Koijen (NYU Stern School of Business)
Invited Speakers: Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics); Andrew Ellul (Indiana University)

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