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2015 Events

The Joys of Disagreeing - Culture, Uncertainty and Modelling

Presented by Dr. Andreas Tsanakas

17th November 2015


Andreas provided a guided tour of different rationalities, drawing heavily from his co-authored paper “Model Risk – Daring to open up the black box” which recently won the prestigious Peter Clark prize for best paper from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.


Should cycling helmets be compulsory? What must we do about climate change? How should insurers use their internal models?


All these questions are about responding to uncertainty – and each can be answered in multiple ways. We can disagree and still be rational. The ways we perceive and respond to uncertainty are part and parcel of the different ways we choose to live our lives and our competing ideas about how society should be organised.


The talk introduced the audience to Cultural Theory, a body of work developed originally in anthropology and political science, and more recently applied to the study of Model Risk in insurance.


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Things I Wish I Knew at 30 - An Actuary's Lessons from the Witness Box

Presented by Ronnie Bowie

Sponsored by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

16th September 2015


Drawing on 35 years of experience including several trips to Court (as an expert!), Ronnie Bowie picks out his most important career learnings and explains why knowledge of these learnings would have helped him become a better actuary more quickly. He uses examples (but with the names withheld to protect the innocent, the guilty, the naïve, the foolish and the unlucky).


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Tweet, share, post! Insights into viral marketing

Presented by Dr. Caroline Wiertz

4th June 2015


Word of mouth has long been recognised as the “Holy Grail” of marketing, as it is getting harder and harder to reach consumers with traditional advertising. In this interactive talk, Caroline gave a short overview of what we know about these word-of-mouth processes and shared the results of recent research studying what online content gets shared, how Twitter messages affect the adoption of new products, and if social media trendsetters can be targeted by native advertising.


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Panel Discussion: A Survival Guide to being an Actuarial Student

Sponsored by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

12th March 2015

In this interactive panel discussion, a panel of newly-qualified actuaries of the UK actuarial profession and a panel of employers from each of the main actuarial fields gave some practical tips on:


  • How to maintain a healthy work/life/study balance

  • Effective studying while working

  • How to be a good worker – from top student to top employee



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