The Australasian Finance and Banking Conference (AFBC) has been organised by the IGF and the School of Banking and Finance at UNSW in December each year over the past 32 years. This three-day conference is held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney. The AFBC has become the most significant banking and finance conference in the Australasian region with attendance of hundreds of people from countries all around the world. The conference is providing a first class service to the finance community both in Australia and overseas. A large number of academics, including Phd candidates, present their papers and also receive useful comments from the discussants of their papers.
The conference also engaged with the finance industry and the policy makers by creating a major business forum. In recent years, the Business Forum attracted a large number of participants from the business community. The Reserve Bank, Finsia, PwC, ASX, BlackRock are amongst the conference sponsors. In recent years, eminent scholars from top universities around the world, such as the Nobel Laureates Professor R. Merton (MIT) and Professor R. Engle (NYU), have been invited as keynote speakers of the conference. These keynote speakers also acted as the PhD forum discussants. 9 types of prizes are awarded to the excellent papers presented at the conference. Selected papers could be published in a special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance.
The conference also offers a PhD Forum at which many eminent PhD candidates from top business schools in the US, Europe and Asia present their papers. The PhD Forum will usually be held one day before the main conference. There will be airfare and accommodation assistance of AUD $2000 for PhD candidates from Asia, Europe and North America (provided that their papers are accepted to be included into the PhD forum).
The 36th AFBC will be held in December 2023. Details of this conference can be found on the IGF website.