AIT Host the 30th IAFA Conference and Doctoral Colloquium 2017

AIT Host the 30th IAFA Conference and Doctoral Colloquium 2017

The Faculty of Business & Hospitality, Athlone Institute of Technology, hosted the 30th Annual Conference of the Irish Accounting & Finance Association on 18th/19th May, 2017 at its main campus. It was preceded by the annual doctoral colloquium, which took place on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

The 2017 event was fully booked out, with over 100 delegates, mainly from the island of Ireland, registered to attend. 23 doctoral students presented their research to a panel of experts during the Colloquium, competing for prizes including cash awards and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2018 American Accounting Association Doctoral Colloquium.

In addition, a total of 40 research papers were presented throughout the conference by academic members. Conference themes include:

· Accountability and Governance

· Accounting educational innovations

· Brexit

· Environmental accounting and reporting

· Pensions and taxation

The keynote conference address was be delivered by Mr. Feargal O’Rourke, managing partner of Price Waterhouse Coopers and son of local politician Mary O’Rourke. PwC is the largest accounting firm in Ireland by fee income. Prof. Christine Cooper, eminent academic from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, delivered the keynote at the doctoral colloquium.

The event was kindly sponsored by Athlone Institute of Technology, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), CPA Ireland, and the Chartered Accountants Ireland Educational Trust and was organised by Brendan Doyle, lecturer in accounting at AIT and member of the national council of IAFA.The venue was the impressive Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Building in the main campus of AIT.

About the Irish Accounting & Finance Association:

Established in 1986, the IAFA is an academic organisation whose aim is to promote high-quality research and teaching of accounting, finance and related subjects, particularly in the Irish third level education sector. The association has approximately 250 members. Activities of the IAFA include the association’s annual research conference, the association’s annual doctoral colloquium, research methods workshops, a bi-annual sponsored seminar series with presentations from eminent internationally recognised academics and involvement in various sponsorship of emerging researchers at international doctoral colloquia.

The association also provides many opportunities for networking within the academic and professional accounting communities.The Accounting, Finance and Governance Review is published by the Irish Accounting and Finance Association as part of the process of fulfilling its objective to advance

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