UCL Institute of Finance & Technology


IFT Agora Series

A host to disruptive thinkers from across the landscape of digital finance

IFT's Agora Seminar Series was founded to provide a platform to expand views, knowledge and understanding of the latest research at the nexus between finance and technology. digital finance. Every year, we invite prominent voices across the domains of digital and sustainable finance are invited to present their leading-edge research insights to an audience of media, professionals, and researchers and students from UCL and the wider finance community. Seminars take place on campus, on alternate Wednesdays during UCL's first term (October-December).

The series has proven a valuable opportunity to stimulate open-house debate on the dynamic challenges and opportunities in digital finance.

These sessions are hosted by IFT Director Professor Francesca Medda. Conversations are open to the general public to attend, particularly to those who have a background or an interest in finance and technology. All seminars are followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A and an informal drinks and networking reception at the venue. Where possible, we also record these sessions for our YouTube channel.

Past speakers include:

  • Professor Rosaria Nunzio Mantegna, University of Palermo
  • Professor Fabrizio Lillo, University of Bologna / CONSOB (Italian Finance Authority)
  • Peter Morris, Said Business School Oxford
  • Professor Carol Alexander, University of Sussex

19 October  High-frequency trading and networked markets
Rosaria Nunzio Mantegna - University of Palermo

2 November   A machine learning approach to support decision in market abuse detection
Fabrizio Lillo - University of Bologna

16 November  How deadly is financial leverage?
Peter Morris - Said Business School Oxford
Betty Wu - University of Glasgow

7 December Punks and Apes: Everything you ever wanted to know but never asked
Carol Alexander - University of Sussex