from 16 to 18 June 2024

17th International Accounting & Finance Doctoral Symposium

at Parthenope University, Naple


developing doctoral students' research strengths and skills


Travel Information

Details for the Symposium Venue:

IAFDS 2024 will take place at Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Palazzo Pacanowski

Via Generale Parisi, 13, 80132 Napoli, Italy (Google maps:



Upon request, all participants will be given detailed information regarding specific directions as required.


Naples has a well-connected international airport, named “Napoli Capodichino (NAP)” (25 minutes taxi distance from the Hotel).  The other close airport is Rome “Fiumicino (FCO)”, where a Leonardo Express train (30min) can take you to “Rome Termini” train station, where you can change to a  “Frecciarossa” (High-speed trains) to Naples “Napoli Centrale” station (1 hour average). Naples Central Station is 15 minutes by taxi from the IAFDS hotel/symposium venue and is also connected to high-speed trains directly coming from Milan (4 hours average).

Underground/bus: from the airport there is a bus to the city centre (Alibus) that stops at the harbour (Naples Maritime Station/Molo Angioino/Beverello). From there to the Hotel is a 20-minutes walk.

From the “Napoli Centrale” rail station there is the underground (Linea 1), drop off at “Municipio” and from there is 25 minutes by walk. Otherwise, bus line 151 is another option.


Students, have already received details of hotel accommodation so this is not required for the website as all rooms we have reserved have been taken up.


Call for papers

Programme Chairs: Prof Jonathan Taglialatela, Prof David Hillier & Dr Livia Pancotto
Local organising committee: Prof. Francesca Battaglia, Prof. Claudio Porzio, Prof. Dario Salerno, Prof. Gabriele Sampagnaro

The 17th International Accounting & Finance Doctoral Symposium is focused on developing doctoral students' research strengths and skills. This symposium is hosted by Parthenope University, Naples in partnership with the Bond University, Politecnico di Milano - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, SKEMA Business School, SOAS University of London, Universidad de Salamanca, Università di Bologna, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Queensland, University of Strathclyde Business School, University of Birmingham and the University of Vaasa.

The symposium builds on the tremendous success of previous meetings, which took place in Paris (2023) Athens (2022), Glasgow (2021), Milan (2019), Wales (2018), Warsaw (2017), Glasgow (2016), Ljubljana (2015), Trondheim (2014), Bologna (2013), Glasgow (2012), Salamanca (2011), and Prato (2008-2010). IAFDS 2024 offers an excellent opportunity for students to present their work to an international audience outside their university environment. Prominent professors and researchers in finance, banking and accounting attend the symposium and provide detailed feedback to individual participants on their research.

At IAFDS 2024, the plenary session will be dedicated to a keynote speech by Prof Robert Faff, the theme of which will be “Responsible Science”.

Each participant will receive a written review of their submitted paper, the opportunity to present their work to leading professors, a detailed one-on-one discussion with an experienced academic about their paper, and an excellent networking experience with other doctoral students from around the globe.

At the end of the symposium, certificates will be awarded for the Michael McKenzie Best Paper, the Maria Strydom Best Presenter, the George Tanewski Paper with Most Potential, Best Pitch, and Best Discussant.

All students will receive a Certificate confirming their participation at IAFDS 17.


We seek original empirical and theoretical papers in finance, banking and accounting, emphasising findings that contribute to solving outstanding research problems of significant impact within these disciplines.


The submission should be a full paper (with analysis/results). The Doctoral Symposium programme committee will review each submission. The main evaluation criteria are:

- Quality and originality of research

- The potential for impact

- Relevance to the accounting, banking and finance disciplines.

Only electronic submissions in PDF or Word format will be considered.


Accepted students to the programme will be required to pay a fee of £300. This fee covers registration, symposium documents, lunches, refreshments and the Welcome Reception and Gala dinner.

All submissions should be sent to the following e-mail addresses:


Deadline for electronic submission of the paper: Friday 29th March 2024 

Notification of acceptance: Friday, 26th April 2024

Registration deadline: Friday 10th May 2024

The deadline for electronic submission of the final version of the paper is Friday, 31st May 2024 

Symposium registration and welcome Sunday 16th June 2024

17th IAFDS Symposium Sunday 16th-18th June 2024

The 17th International Accounting & Finance Doctoral Symposium will be facilitated by Professors from:

Politecnico di Milano - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, SKEMA Business School, SOAS University of London, Universidad de Salamanca, Universita di Bologna, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Strathclyde Business School, the University of Vaasa, Bond University, University of Birmingham and Parthenope University .


For further information, please contact: Ms Morag McDonald Email:




Past Events

16th IAFDS, 2023

SKEMA, Paris

15th IAFDS, 2022

Strathclyde, Athens

14th IAFDS, 2021

Strathclyde, Online

12th IAFDS, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Milan

11th IAFDS, 2018

Bangor, Wales

10th IAFDS, 2017

Warsaw, Poland

9th IAFDS, 2016

Strathclyde, Glasgow

8th IAFDS, 2015

Ljubljana, Slovenia 

7th IAFDS, 2014

Trondheim, Norway

6th IAFDS, 2013

Bologna, Italy

5th IAFDS, 2012

Strathclyde, Glasgow

4th IAFDS, 2011

Salamanca, Spain 



Selected Comments from the Anonymous Post-Symposium Survey

“The experience of participating in IAFDS as a PhD student was invaluable and contributed decisively to my development as a researcher. The one-to-one sessions provided me with the opportunity to receive extensive feedback from experienced researchers. The feedback, in the form of detailed referee reports,  was instrumental in preparing my papers for successful journal submissions. Beyond research itself, the collegial and friendly atmosphere that permeates the meetings is amazing. By attending the symposium, I also expanded my network, and equally importantly, made great friends in the process. I was delighted (and honored) to return to the IAFDS community later as an academic, sharing my experiences with new cohorts of brilliant PhD students, and catching up with friends. For the invaluable impact IAFDS has had in my professional and personal development, I strongly recommend the program to PhD students seeking careers in academia.” Dr Tiago Loncan

“I am a currently a full professor of finance at the University of Vaasa in Finland. I first attended the IAFDS in 2013, which was hosted by University of Bologna, Italy, as a final year PhD student, where I was fortunate to win the best paper award. From studying at Bangor University as a PhD student, I have held academic posts at the universities of Leeds, Kent, and, now, Vaasa – throughout this time I have been a regular attendee and contributor to IAFDS and have introduced the event to the University of Kent and the University of Vaasa; the people I have met through the IAFDS network have been influential in my career long-term collaborators, friends and informal mentors. I believe the IAFDS community have played important roles in my career path as well as my publication successes including in journals such as the Journal of Corporate Finance. I look forward to many more years being a part of the IAFDS community!” Professor Timothy King

“The International Accounting & Finance Doctoral Symposium (IAFDS) afforded me an excellent opportunity to present my work to a global audience of professors and researchers outside my local university. I was impressed by the number of prominent academics in Accounting and Finance attending the Symposium, and the detailed feedback they provided on my research. This feedback helped, not only  to improve the quality the paper I presented, but also the overall quality of my PhD thesis. It was also great to meet PhD students from all over the World. I strongly recommend that PhD students in Accounting and Finance take this opportunity to present their work and to develop an international network of contacts for the future.” - Alan Duboisee De Ricquebourg, (curretly Associate Professor in Accounting Leeds), 2012 Glasgow

 “Student discussant part is a great idea! Especially for comparison with faculty discussion. This is really a well balanced symposium. I will definitely attend next year.”  - 2017 Trondheim

“The best conference I have attended so far. Truly appreciate the time invested by the faculty discussant to review my paper in such great length.”- 2021 Online

“The strengths of the conference stand in the really insightful comments from the discussants and professors, as well as in the chance of networking with both students and experts” – 2022 Athens

“The friendly environment really helps to develop the network and to present more efficiently.” – 2022 Athens

“A fantastic conference, especially in terms of 1:1 session that I received a lot of valuable insightful comments from the discussant for improving my paper. I really enjoy this conference.” – 2022 Athens

“Social activities helped a lot with networking.” – 2023 Paris