POSTPONED: Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2020 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

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  • Fri 10 - Sat 11 Jul 20


  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School

  • Event type

    EFiC Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

The Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) at the Essex Business School is organising the fifth edition of the EFiC Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance that will take place on 10 - 11 July 2020. The objective is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and policy-makers and give them the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research in the broad areas of banking and corporate finance.


Update from organising committee

Dear all

In view of the health emergency caused by COVID-19, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the EFiC 2020 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance.

We regret that we can not go ahead with the firth edition of the conference as planned, as we had a volume of interesting submissions, but in these extraordinary times out first priority is everyone's health and safety.

As soon as we have a date for EFiC 2021 Conference we will communicate the details.

 We hope that you and those around you are safe and we look forward to seeing you next year.

best wishes

Anna, Claudia, Sotirios

Organising Committee, EFiC 2020



Location: Essex Business School, University of Essex, Colchester Campus

Date: Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 11 July 2020 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Behavioural finance
  • Big data applied to banking and finance
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Diversity and women in finance
  • Financial crisis and resolution
  • Fintech and financial innovation
  • Green finance
  • International finance
  • Monetary policy and central banking
  • Political economy of central banking
  • Portfolio and risk management
  • Rethinking of financial regulations and supervision
  • SMEs financing


We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you in Colchester.

POSTPONED: Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2020 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

How to submit

  • Interested authors should submit their paper in PDF format to: EFiC@essex.ac.uk by Monday 30 March 2020.  
    Authors will be notified about acceptance of papers by Monday 4 May 2020.  
    Early submissions are highly encouraged.
  • Please title your paper file using the following format: EFiC_SubmittingAuthor_PaperTitle.pdf and in the email subject header please add Submission: EFiC 2020.
  • Accepted papers in the Conference can be considered for a solicitation to the Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR)Please see further below for the rules.


How to book

Registration Fee: 

                                                         Standard Fees                          Late Fees (from 8 June 2020)

Academic                                                £200                                             £230 

Business and Policy-makers                    £250                                             £300

Student                                                    £80                                               £120 

Conference Dinner                                   £65                                                £65

Registration fee includes: conference pack, admission to conference sessions, buffet lunches and refreshments.

Further Registration Details TBC

EFiC Conference 2020 details

Keynote Speaker

Professor Steven Ongena)
Professor Steven Ongena

Professor Steven Ongena

Steven Ongena is a Professor of Banking in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, a research professor at KU Leuven, and a research fellow in financial economics of CEPR.

He is also a research professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Before moving to Zurich, he taught at CentER-Tilburg University and BI Norwegian Business School and studied at the University of Oregon (PhD), the Univeristy of Alberta (MA) and KU Leuven (MBA, Hir).

Publication Opportunities with Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR)

The rules for the solicitation process in the JFSR are as follows:

  1. Author(s) must expressly indicate interest in consideration by the JFSR in their submission email. The paper must not be under review at another journal or the JFSR, nor can they be considered if previously rejected by the JFSR.

  2. A committee composed of the Local Conference Committee and the JFSR Editor Steven Ongena will invite papers among the accepted papers after the conference presentations for possible publication in the JFSR. Submission fees will be waived for invited conference papers. Papers of authors accepting this invitation will undergo a normal review process that maintains the JFSR's high-quality publication standards.
  3. If an invited paper is subsequently rejected, its authors have the option to submit a future version of their paper to the JFSR without prejudice.
  4. While under consideration by the Conference and the JFSR, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the JFSR) until the author has been notified of the outcome.

Organisers and Scientific Committee

Local Committee

Steering committee / Chairs


Scientific committee


Organising research centres

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline:  Monday 30 March 2020
  • Acceptance:                 Monday 4 May 2020
  • Conference dates:        Friday 10 July - Saturday 11 July 2020


The EFiC Conference 2020 will be taking place at the Essex Business School at the University of Essex Colchester Campus.

Colchester is an hour away from London by train.

How to find the University of Essex Colchester Campus


Please direct any enquiries about the call for papers to efic@essex.ac.uk.

Professor Claudia Girardone Professor of Banking and Finance, Essex Business School
University of Essex
Dr Sotirios Kokas
Dr Sotirios Kokas Reader in Corporate Finance and Banking, Adam Smith Business School
University of Glasgow
Dr Anna Sarkisyan
Dr Anna Sarkisyan Lecturer in Finance, Essex Business School
University of Essex

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