The Summit is the second largest student-run academic conference in Europe and it will take place from February 17 February until Sunday 19 February 2012. It brings together some of the most revered speakers in the realms of Economics, Politics and International Development and allows delegates to learn about and discuss current issues through these spheres.
The Summit has grown in both size and reputation since the inaugural Summit in 2002. The audience consists of 200 Warwick and 200 non-Warwick students from top Universities around the world such as MIT and Princeton. Co-Coordinator Stela Bonifacic said, “We are constantly amazed by the number of universities and countries represented at the Summit. Last year, there were students from 56 universities in 17 countries including the United States, Brazil and Russia”.
In previous years, the Summit has also attracted some truly inspiring speakers. Nobel Laureate Professor John F. Nash visited in 2005, Professor Ewald Dowotny, Governor of the National Bank of Austria in 2009 and more recently Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP spoke as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2010.
This year’s line up of distinguished speakers promises to be one of the best yet and includes Nobel Laureate Professor George Akerlof, bestselling author of “The Armchair Economist” Professor Steven Landsburg and Rt Hon David Willetts MP, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science. Co-Coordinator Winston Yap said “This year’s speakers are truly inspiring. This is only the second time in the history of the Summit that a Nobel Laureate will be visiting and we are extremely excited by this prospect. We are sure our delegates will enjoy the wide-ranging nature of the topics covered“.
During the weekend, there are also seminars, a panel debate and networking sessions with sponsors during the weekend allowing delegates get the most out of the weekend. The social highlight of the weekend is the lavish Summit Ball – where all 400 delegates are treated to a three course meal and entertainment throughout the night. This is a perfect opportunity for students from around the world to get to know each other in a more informal event.
The Summit is organised by a diligent team of 45 students who are looking forward to welcoming speakers and students from around the world to the University of Warwick. Warwick’s Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift said “Warwick Economics Summit is a fantastic event that the University is proud to host. We are delighted to have speakers of this calibre on our campus”.
Warwick Economics Summit is proud to be supported by the Economics Department of the University of Warwick. Sponsors include RBS, Deloitte, PwC, Bloomberg and Barclays Capital.”
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List of confirmed speakers for Warwick Economics Summit 2012
Nobel Laureate Professor George Akelof
Bestselling Author Professor Steven Landsburg
Rt Hon David Willetts MP
Dr Adam Posen, Monetary Policy Committee
Paul Ormerod, leading British economist
Dr Johannes Abeler, University of Oxford
John O’Sullivan, Britain Economics Editor, The Economist
Baroness Vadera, former government minister
Charles Seaford, New Economics Foundation
Speakers from the Warwick Economics Department and main sponsor RBS