Annual Conference 2017 with Doctoral Masterclasses

Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 April 2017 Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh

The British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) is pleased to announce details of its 2017 Annual Conference in Edinburgh.

Our strategic aims are to be a vibrant association of choice for accounting and finance academics; the voice and resource of the accounting and finance community; and campaigners for accounting and finance research and pedagogy. We are developing our conference to reflect those aims and a number of changes have been made to the format from previous years. 

For 2017, we will be increasing our support for doctoral students and incorporating them more into the accounting and finance community represented at the conference. We will continue the workshops begun in Bath in 2016, and add in sessions relating to teaching and to our campaigns in higher education. We will build on our online programme to include social networking, sponsor, exhibitor and other information. Most importantly, we will provide a showcase for innovative research and teaching in accounting and finance. 

We hope you will join us in Edinburgh 2017 and in London 2018 to be part of changing the conference experience for the 21 st century.

2018 is also the 50 th Anniversary of The British Accounting Review (BAR), which itself is set to develop in exciting new directions. 

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Registration (closed)

Opens: 4 January 2017
Closes for presenters and masterclasses: 1 March 2017
Closes for non-presenters: 31 March 2017

This year the registration fee is £300 (and £150 for students not in full time employment and retired members) for the full conference; this includes attendance at the Conference Dinner, which will be taking place in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament building.

Public Entrance of Scottish Parliament

Main Hall Dining Area

Please note that purchasing a ticket acts as registration; once you have bought the ticket you are automatically registered for the conference. 

Note: No late submissions or payments will be allowed in 2017. We will not accept payment for the conference at the registration desk.

For details on how to purchase a ticket, please visit our Conference FAQs page.

Only members of BAFA are permitted to participate in this event so the relevant subscription fee may also be applicable in addition to the registration fee .


Event tickets can only be refunded if we are notified in writing to by 31 March 2017. For unforeseen personal circumstances at the time of the conference (10-12th April 2017), refunds of 75% of the fees will be given at the discretion of the Trustees.

Paper Submissions (Closed)

Paper submission opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 5 December 2016

Abstract Submission opens: 4 January 2017
Deadline: 31 January 2017

We invite submissions of full papers on any topic in the disciplines of accounting and finance.

All papers will be fully refereed. We aim to notify acceptance decisions on 4 January 2017. For accepted papers, the corresponding author** needs to have registered for the conference by 1 March 2017 for their paper to be included in the conference programme.

In 2017, we are changing the way in which we organise the conferences for doctoral students. Students will be able to take one only of the following two options:

1. Doctoral students in their third year and beyond are invited to submit full papers to the main parallel sessions in the conference. They will have a designated academic ‘buddy’ in the conference who will attend their presentation and offer feedback following the session, as well as receiving feedback in the session from the audience. Papers that are not accepted for presentation in one of the main parallel sessions will be automatically put in the doctoral masterclass sessions.

2. All doctoral students not submitting to the main parallel sessions as described in 1 above are invited to submit an abstract for the doctoral masterclasses on Monday 10 April 2017. Students will be invited to present their own work, discuss one other students work and will get feedback from faculty and other students.All PhD students will have a designated academic ‘buddy’ for the whole conference. Students are expected to attend all sessions on Monday 10 April 2017 and will only be awarded a certificate of attendance on this basis. Students are also expected to attend the whole conference. There are 80 places available on a first come, first served basis. Acceptances will be notified on a weekly basis from 6 January 2017 up to 3 February 2017

For details on how to submit your abstract/paper, please visit our Conference FAQs page. Guidelines for abstracts and papers will be posted on this page shortly.

*Please note that due to the high demand to present papers we are only able to receive one paper from each corresponding author (the corresponding author does not need to be the paper’s lead author). If you are a co-author on more than one paper you wish to have presented at the conference, then a different co-author will need to act as corresponding author and purchase a ticket to attend.

Accommodation & Travel

Edinburgh offers a range of accommodation across all budgets and there is a very frequent bus service from the campus to the city centre. Please use the links on the right of this page for information on travel. 

Marketing Edinburgh, Convention Bureau has negotiated rates for BAFAand is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending this meeting. Click here to view and book the various accommodation option. Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation shall be sent to your e-mail address. Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.

Our Sponsors


Part of the costs of holding the BAFA Doctoral Masterclasses is being paid by ICAEW’s charitable trusts. These trusts support educational projects relating to accountancy and economics.

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