Our conferences


From January 22nd till January 26th the IES FSV UK together with Humboldt University in Berlin organized a special seminar for PhD students in Haindorf, Czech Republic. Five-day research seminar focused on research presentations of PhD students and senior members of the research groups from both universities. The seminar was open by a short course of Christian Hafner from Université catholique de Louvain and Holger Dette from Ruhr-University Bochum.

In April 2019, a mini conference entitled "Asset Pricing, Machine Learning, and Finance" took place at the IES FSV UK. The main speaker was dr. Numan M. Ülkü with a lecture on "Investor trading behavior and stock returns".

In May 2019, our colleague Barbara Pertold-Gebicka organized “Prague Workshop on Gender and Family in the Labor Market”. The workshop included research presentations, a public lecture by prof. Shelly Lundberg from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a lecture by prof. Andrey Weber from Central European University, Budapest. The event was organized by IES, CERGE-EI and Virtual Research Collaboration on Gender and Family in the Labor Market and co-financed by the Visegrad Fund.

The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in cooperation with IES, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and Humboldt University organized the "Statistics of Machine Learning" confrence in October 2019. Our colleague Jozef Barunik organized one of the workshops: Asset Pricing using Time-Frequency Dependent Network Centrality.

Thanks to the CENTRAL-Kollegs fund, our colleague František Čech organized two workshops for IES students. The first one followed the educational project and conference "Machine Learning in Economics". At the seminar, doctoral students had the opportunity to present their progress with their own research and met with leading scientists in the field who attended the conference. In November, Humboldt University held its second workshop entitled "Inference in ML models".


From January 23rd till January 27th the IES FSV UK together with Humboldt University in Berlin organized a special seminar for PhD students in Haindorf, Czech Republic. Five-day research seminar focused on research presentations of PhD students and senior members of the research groups from both universities. The seminar was open by a lecture of Bryan S. Graham from UC Berkeley.


In September 2017 an international conference ParaoptXI from the series “Parametric Optimization and Related Topics” was held in the premises of the IES FSV UK. The conference was co-organized by ÚTIA (Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czech Academy of Science). This conference was founded already in 1985 and the Prague meeting was the 11th in a row. Parametric optimization is the part of mathematical programming and has emerged as an exciting research area in theory, numerics and applications. The key note speaker was an emeritus professor Diethard Klatte from the University of Zurich. 


At the beginning of October the IES FSV UK jointly with Czech National Bank organized a conference “Challenges for Financial Stability in Europe“ that took place at the representative space of Czech National Bank in Prague. The conference focused on broad issues of current challenges to financial stability in Europe including theoretical or empirical topics within this area. The key note speaker was a professor of London School of Economics, Jon Danielsson, who is also director of Systemic Risk Center at LSE. Selected papers will be published in special issues of Journal of Financial Stability and Economic Systems.


Two international conferences took place at IES FSV UK in September. The first one -  MAER-Net 2015 Prague Colloquium - was an international meeting of scholars who specialize in meta-analysis. The purpose of the colloquium was to share ideas and methods among meta-analysts and to encourage young scholars to use meta-analysis. The keynote speakers for the 2015 MAER-Net Colloquium were: Prof. Andrea Weber (University of Mannheim, Germany), Prof. Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University, Australia) and Prof. Nauro Campos (Brunel University, UK). Among the 40 papers presented at the conference, 6 of them were written by researchers from IES FSV UK. 

The second conference was Econophysics Colloquium 2015, a traditional international conference gathering researchers from the interdisciplinary science of econophysics formed on the intersections of economics, finance, physics, complex systems, computer science and other branches of science.The conference followed the ten previous meetings (the first one took place at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and the tenth one at Nichii Gakkan in Kobe, Japan). The meeting gathered 99 researchers from around the world.This year’s colloquium has been a very successful one and it will be followed by one in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2016. 


The key topic of the 2014 IES Economic Meeting (26 September), which was organized jointly with INFER, were the challenges for banks in Europe. Jakob de Haan (De Nederlandsche Bank, University of Groningen) delivered a key note speech. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Open Economies Review under the guest-editorship of Roman Horváth  (Charles University) and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).


On 15 October the IES organized a seminar ''Financial regulation in the EU. Instrument, or obstacle?'' which had the support of the Representation of the European Commission to the Czech Republic. Experts from the CR, eurozone as well as the USA offered their views on the future of the financial regulation and supervision in the EU. The discussion was hosted by Katerina Smidkova, professor at the IES and director of the economic research at the Czech National Bank.

The key topic of the 2013 IES Economic Meeting (26 September) was modelling in microeconomics and finance in Central and Eastern Europe. Dirk Bezemer (University of Groningen) delivered a key note speech. Selected papers were published in a special issue of Czech Journal of Economics and Finance under the guest-editorship of Roman Horváth and Jozef Baruník (both IES).

The Seminar "The European Union before crisis and now. Any learnings taken?" (23.5.) took place on the premises of the IES with the kind support of the Representation of the European Commission to the Czech Republic. Experts from the Ministry of Finance, the Government of the Czech Republic, the Czech National Bank, as well as academia, all shared their views on the current situation in the eurozone and its perspectives. The discussion was hosted by Oldrich Dedek, professor at the IES and national coordinator for implementation of the euro to the Czech Republic. The press release with seminar findings (in Czech) is availabe here.   


The 2012 IES Economic Meeting: Challenges in Financial Stability took place at the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. This one-day workshop focused on the financial stability issues in Central and Eastern Europe. Iftekhar Hasan (Fordham University) kindly agreed to give a keynote lecture during the workshop. Selected papers were published in a special issue of Economic Systems under the guest-editorship of Roman Horvath (Charles University) and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).


The Panel discussion "Down to Earth: Economics, Politics and Reality" (6.10.2011)  seeked to assess the width of the gap between theoretical and applied economics on the one hand, and analytical practices of innovative capital investors and „practical“ economists on the other hand. Details and gallery are available.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the OECD prepared in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held on October 31st, 2011 in the IES. The event was attended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs represented by Prof. Karel Dyba, Ambassador Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the OECD in Paris and former Minister for Economic Policy and Development, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Dr.Končelík and Director of IES Dr. Martin Gregor, who opened the exhibition. For a short presentation of the event, see the clickthrough.


Academic Lessons in Economic Policy (May 12th, 2010) kicked off a series of special events devoted to the 20th anniversary of politically independent education in Economics at Charles University. The speakers were distinguished economists and practitioners who are also regular lecturers at Charles University. More than 100 experts from academica, the government, the Czech National Bank and professional associations took part. The program including presentations (in Czech) and photo gallery are available.

The Conference "20 Years After" (October 18th, 2010) was a gathering of the founding Fathers of Economics at Charles University and the oncoming generation of academic economists. The topics covered the tradition of economics in the country, current trends in research, and how to communicate economics in a convenient way to students and to the general public. The intergenerational discussions reflected the state of economics at Charles University at present, its influence on economic policy and its future perspectives. Details (in Czech) and gallery are available.

The EXPO2010 workshop "European Union and China in a Turbulent Time" (September 7th, 2010) was a joint workshop of the Center for European Studies of Fudan University and Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. A full list of presentations and photos are available. The workshop took place in a very interesting venue of the Czech Pavilion in Expo 2010 Shanghai. Read a detailed follow-up interview in i-Forum (in Czech).

Research workshop “Voting, Power and Manipulation” (September 23-24th, 2010) has been organized in cooperation with the Institute of SocioEconomics of Hamburg University and the Public Choice Research Centre of University of Turku. The workshop served to advance research and foster further joint research cooperation in the relevant topics, for both PhD candidates and senior staff. See the complete program and photos.

2009 and before

We have organized a host of events in previous years including:

  • A conference on Globalization and Rising Competition: Challenges for the Czech Economy (May 2008) with keynote speech delivered by OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria.
  • A workshop on The Economics of Democratic Governance in European Union (March 2007), a joint Prague-Wroclaw research project.
  • A workshop on European Union 50 Years After: Modelling Economics and Politics of European Integration (September 2007), organized jointly with Europaeum (a consortium of European universities, including Oxford, Helsinki, Bologna and Paris I).
  • A workshop on European Integration, Structural Change and its Impact on European Foreign Policies (March 2007), a joint event with East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai.





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