ICA 2018 also offers formats that are particularly aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers. The two workshops “Innovation Platform” and “Summer School” will allow a deeper discussion of economically important and mathematically challenging topics. Early career researchers can also apply for one of several travel grants. To apply for a bursary, please send your application with the required documents by 1 October 2017. Candidates who are unable to attend the congress in person can participate in the online session “Deep Dive”, which combines a live talk with attractive online offerings.

In addition to young scientists, ICA 2018 also hopes to attract senior academics and practitioners who want to investigate current “hot topics”.

Innovation Platform

The Innovation Platform is a forum that allows the discussion and further development of novel and unusual ideas to address current problems in insurance. Three young researchers and three practitioners present innovative approaches to relevant issues in the context of „emerging risks“. Each presentation lasts 10 minutes. Afterwards, the audience will choose two approaches and discuss these in subsequent workshops. The results of these workshops will be presented to the audience. The Innovation Platform is expected to take place on Tuesday.

Summer School

The Summer School is a short series of lectures within the ICA that clarifies the foundations underlying current actuarial research and practice. The Summer School will cover the economically important and mathematically challenging topic “market consistent valuation of liabilities”. In order to provide deeper insight, academics and practitioners will give the talks which will also be recorded and provided online. Two sessions lasting 90 minutes each are expected to take place on Monday and Wednesday.

Grant program

All formats will take place in the first half of the ICA 2018 congress week in order to enable those attendees who are joining the congress for three days only to participate as well.

Terms and Conditions for the Grant Program of ICA 2018

1. Scope
From 4 to 8 June 2018, the German Actuarial Association (DAV) in conjunction with the International Actuarial Association (IAA) will host the 31st International Congress of Actuaries (ICA) in Berlin.
The sub-committee “Early Career Researchers at the ICA” within the Scientific Committee is delighted to announce that we are able to offer a limited number of supported grants for participating in the conference ICA 2018.


Applications can be submitted until 1 October 2017 and will be assessed by the “Early Career Researchers committee”.


Each of the bursaries will cover a fixed amount of EUR 500 as financial assistance for travel costs and conference fees. Unsuccessful candidates may also be placed on a waiting list.


2. Eligibility
The grants are intended to support individuals who would otherwise be unable to finance the congress fees and travel costs for attending the conference. This includes early career scientists (PostDocs or young professors) who can demonstrate limited funding opportunities.


3. Conditions
The award of a grant will be conditional upon the applicant:

  • Demonstrating that they require financial assistance to attend the conference (by a letter of confirmation of their institutions)
  • Attending the conference and presenting a paper
  • Ensuring they can meet any additional travel costs associated with attendance of the conference and, if travelling from outside the EU, that they have the necessary visa and legal status to visit Germany.


If you would like to apply for a bursary please send your CV, your abstract and description of the current position to grant@ica2018.org

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 1 October 2017.


The applicants will be informed of the decision as soon as possible.

The Grant Program of ICA 2018 is kindly supported by:

Deep Dive

The Deep Dive is intended to complement the program by providing further background on a hot topic. The Deep Dive will cover the economically relevant and mathematically challenging topic „designing and pricing annuities and LTC products in a stochastic environment“. It will be in the form of a 90-minute discussion session that goes more into the details of the corresponding “regular” ICA presentation. Both the regular session and the Deep Dive will be recorded and provided online. The introductory and follow-up online session will introduce key ideas and summarize important aspects of the Deep Dive.