Annual Conference with Doctoral Masterclasses 2020 - Cancelled

Monday 30 - Wednesday 1 April 2020 University of Southampton, England

Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Tuesday 31 March–Wednesday 1 April 2020 with Doctoral Masterclasses Monday 30 March 2020


We have just been informed by the University of Southampton that they have taken the decision to cancel all conference activity scheduled to take place on any of their Southampton and Winchester campuses during the forthcoming Easter vacation. The decision has obviously not been taken lightly. In accordance with Governments' advice, the University must take all necessary action to reduce the opportunities for infection to take place. In this regard, travel and gatherings of high numbers of delegates presents a very real increased risk.

We support their decision, in the light of announcements from the Government on Thursday 12 March 2020. Therefore, it is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the BAFA 2020 Annual Conference and Doctoral Masterclasses, due to take place on 30 March-1 April 2020

The BAFA Executives have taken the decision to refund all Annual Conference and Doctoral Masterclass fee payments to delegates: there is no need to contact Tracy or any other executive officer, as the payments will be made. Please be patient as we organise this. We regret that we are unable to refund travel or accommodation expenses incurred, which you will need to discuss with the provider, your institution or insurers.

We hope to run alternative event(s) later in 2020, subject to Government advice. Therefore, everyone with a paper accepted for the Main Conference or Doctoral Masterclasses will be notified of the changes and given an opportunity to present as appropriate.

We would like to put on record the contributions of the BAFA Scientific Committee Members, Special Interest Groups Executive Committee Members, the Doctoral Masterclasses Team, the BAFA Administrator Tracy Shorrock and the Organising Committee & Staff at the University of Southampton Business School. We also thank the various sponsors and exhibitors who were planning to attend as well as our keynote and guest speakers. The Annual Conference and Doctoral Masterclasses is a great event for BAFA, and we will do our best to keep the community together.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future and thank you again for your understanding and patience.


Professor Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin, and recipient of the 2019 BAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Professor Avanidhar (Subra) Subrahmanyam is a Distinguished Professor of Finance and the Goldyne and Irwin Hearsh Chair in Money and Banking at UCLA. 

Panel Speaker

Panel discussion on integrated reporting with Mr Charles Tilley, OBE, CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

Guest Speaker

A presentation on British Academy funding schemes by Mr Ken Emond, Head of Research Funding, British Academy

Further information on our Speakers

Registration and Fees

Opens:  6 January 2020
Closes 3 February 2020 Extended to 10 February 2020 for main conference presenters
Closes 1 March 2020
for Doctoral Masterclass presenters
9 March 2020 for non-presenters

This year the registration fees are:

Both tickets include all conference sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, refreshments, the conference dinner, the early bird reception and access to the online programme. For PhD students, the ticket also includes the doctoral masterclasses on Monday.

Buying a ticket registers you for this event. Tickets to BAFA conferences are only available to members. To purchase a ticket, log in to your account on the BAFA Membership Portal ( and click the 'Purchase Tickets' button. Select the appropriate ticket for the event you want to attend, and follow instructions. If you are not already a member of BAFA, please sign up for membership at


  • No late payments will be considered in 2020. 
  • No refunds after 9 March 2020.
  • We will not accept payment for the conference at the registration desk.



The conference will take place on the University's Highfield Campus, directions can be found on Southampton University's Getting to Southampton page. There is a good bus service to the university provided by Unilink


Below is a list of local hotels where the conference team has agreed special delegate rates (until 28 February unless stated otherwise). To book these hotels please click on the hotel name.

Holiday Inn Southampton (£82 BB single occupancy inc VAT until 6 March)

Jurys Inn Southampton (£85 BB single occupancy inc VAT until 6 March)

Grand Harbour Hotel (£105 BB single occupancy inc VAT until 6 March)

Highfield House Hotel (£78 BB single occupancy inc VAT until 13 March)

Novotel Southampton Hotel

Rate per night: £109 BB single occupancy Sunday (Inc VAT)
Rate per night: £99 BB single occupancy Monday (Inc VAT)
Rate per night: £109 BB single occupancy Tuesday and Wednesday (Inc VAT)

Hotel Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin (£79 BB single occupancy inc VATuntil 6 March)

The ibis Budget Southampton (Rates until 13 March)

30/03 - £47.50 room only single occupancy
31/03 - £53.00 room only single occupancy
01/04 - £53.00 room only single occupancy
02/04 - £47.50 room only single occupancy

The Star Hotel (Rates until 13 March)

Check in: 30 March; Check out: 2 April

Single room £45.00 including breakfast per night.
Double/Twin room £60.00 including breakfast per night.

This Year's Supporters

2020 Supports


21 September 2019—online paper submission opens for the main conference

13 December 2019—deadline for submissions to the main conference

Paper acceptance notifications by 6 January 2020

3 January 2020—online abstract submission opens for the masterclasses

6 January 2020—registration (payment) opens

31 January 2020—deadline for submissions to the doctoral masterclasses

Acceptances will be notified on a weekly basis until 31 January 2020

Extended to 10 February—Registration (payment) for main conference presenters closes

1 March 2020—Registration (payment) for doctoral masterclass presenters closes

1 March 2020—deadline for online submission of revised papers

9 March 2020—detailed presentation programme announced

9 March 2020—Registration (payment) for non-presenters closes

23 March 2020—online programme available


Online Submission Opens:  21 September 2019
Closes: Extended to 13 December 2019

We invite submissions of full papers on any topic from academics, final-year PhD students, and practitioners in the disciplines of accounting and finance. 

Papers will be reviewed by subject specialists drawn from our special interest groups and associates. As we are increasing the number of different events at the conference this year, there will be some restrictions placed on the number of presentation slots available.

We aim to provide a showcase for innovative research and teaching in accounting and finance. Streams for 2020 include:

  • Accounting History
  • Financial Reporting and Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting
  • Accounting Education
  • Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Services and Charities
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Financial Data Science and Econometrics
  • Taxation
  • New Technologies in Accounting, Auditing and Forensics

Our Early Career Researcher sessions will allow final-year PhD students and those who have completed their PhD within the last five years an opportunity to present their work and get feedback from invited faculty and others in smaller sessions.

Information on how to submit your paper can be found on the Conference FAQs page.


  • Late submissions will be considered for a waiting list, to be notified after 3 February 2020
  • No late payments will be considered in 2020.
  • We will not accept payment for the conference at the registration desk.


Our doctoral masterclasses will offer support and opportunities for feedback and participation, including:

  • talks and events throughout the conference;
  • a designated academic to provide support and feedback throughout the conference;
  • networking and job seeking events;

IMPORTANT: There will be events for PhD students throughout the conference. However, PhD students will be able to present in either the main conference or the doctoral masterclasses, not both. Please read the instructions below carefully.

Choose only ONE of the following options


Online Submission Opens: 2 September 2019
Closes: EXTENDED to 13 December 2019

Final-year PhD students and those who have completed their PhD within the last five years have the opportunity to submit FULL papers to the Early Career Parallel sessions in the main conference. They will get feedback from designated persons 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 sessions on 31 March-1 April 2020 will be automatically be given a place in the doctoral masterclasses on 30 March 2020.


Online Submission Opens: 3 January 2020
Closes: 31 January 2020

All doctoral students are invited to submit an ABSTRACT for the doctoral masterclasses to be held on Monday, 30 March 2020, unless they have submitted a paper to the main conference. Students will be invited to present their own work, and will get feedback from faculty and other students.

Students are expected to attend all sessions on Monday 30 March 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. Once the quota is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Acceptances will be notified on a weekly basis until 31 January 2020.

Information on how to submit your abstract can be found on the Conference FAQs page.


  • Late submissions will be considered for a waiting list, to be notified after 1 March 2020.
  • No late payments will be considered in 2020.
  • We will not accept payment for the conference at the registration desk.


Any member of BAFA can make a nomination for our Distinguished Academic Award, our Lifetime Achievement Awards, our Distinguished Contribution Award and the new Outstanding Contribution to Accounting Education Award. Details and nomination forms can be found at Deadline for nominations is 18 September 2019. We also make nominations each year for Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.The eligibility criteria and the list of current fellows is here: Please send your suggestions for nominees via Tracy at


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