Virtual Audit & Assurance Conference 2020

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 May 2020 Virtual Conference, 1-5pm in both days [UK time]

Given the postponement of the physical in-person 30th Audit & Assurance Conference due to the impact of the COVID-19, it was decided that a smaller-scale and virtual Audit & Assurance Conference will be held in the original conference dates, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May 2020, between 1-5pm UK time. The conference is organised by the Auditing Special Interest Group of BAFA in cooperation with Aston Business School, UK.

The virtual conference would provide valuable opportunities for attendees to discuss current auditing topics and listen to powerful professional (non-academic) keynote speakers and international academic presenters. We expect the impact of COVID-19 on auditors and businesses and the future of audit, including the radical audit reforms proposed currently in the UK, would be discussed and debated.

There is a good variety of research topics to be presented, such as auditor knowledge and experience, developing the audit profession, effects of audit quality and auditing and governance.

The distinguished non-academic professional speakers include Sir Donald Brydon (the Brydon report), Mark Babington (FRC), Steve Maslin (NExD, audit committee member), Paul Druckman (chairman and ex-member of FRC), James Barbour (ICAS), and Sophie Campkin (ICAEW). They will focus specifically on the UK radical audit reforms and the ongoing impact of Covid.

We are extremely grateful to all presenters for their willingness to present and disseminate knowledge and for offering their time unreservedly. We particularly look forward to hear insight-led perceptions and guidance by our professional speakers. Expect ideas, facts, and inspiration galore.

The virtual conference will be shorter, lasting for four hours in each day. We will have snap academic research presentations for about 15 minutes in total (presentation for 10-12 minutes and a Q&A for 3-5 minutes). Non-academic presentations would last longer.

All presentations will be in plenary. There will be twelve snap academic presentations over the two days, plus six non-academic professional top influencers discussing topical issues.

We envisage to have some breakout rooms where attendees can "mingle" virtually with other attendees in those breakout rooms.


Conference registration fee for both days  is set at a flat rate of £30 for everyone. The rate for PhD students is £20.

Deadline: There is no registration deadline. However, please register as soon as possible as there is a limited capacity in the virtual rooms.

You can register with the virtual conference when you pay online. Or if paying by bank transfer then please complete the booking form and email to (see below).

Online Registration and Payment

You can pay the registration fee online using a credit/debit card (please note American Express is not accepted). 

Email Registration and Bank Wire Transfer

Make bank wire transfer using the following details (and email the registration form below):

Account name: Auditing Special Interest Group
Account number: 00001717
Sort code: 309537
IBAN: GB95 LOYD 30953700001717
BIC/Swift Code: LOYDGB21121
Bank address: Lloyds Bank, 18 Week St, Maidstone, ME14 1RW, UK

Download the conference registration form and fill it in (please indicate on the registration form that a payment is made via bank wire transfer). Make sure that you email your registration form to Maria Podsiadly at email, or to ilias G Basioudis

Registration Changes

All registration inquiries and change requests should be directed to ilias G. Basioudis,

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately we can't offer any cancellations. However, confirmed and verified substitutes may be accepted.


If you would like to receive more information about the conference and the activities of the Auditing Special Interest Group, please contact the Chairman of the Auditing Group (ASIG), ilias G Basioudis (Aston Business School, Aston University, Accounting Group, Birmingham, UK, email:


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This event is supported by ICAEW’s Charitable Trusts. We are also grateful for the generous support of Aston University Business School.

Tentative Conference Programme

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