The International Accounting & Finance Doctoral Symposium is a collaborative initiative between a number of universities and academic organisations with the sole aim to provide the world's future researchers with a solid foundation for their nascent careers. In its 10th year, the symposium has attracted top quality students and early career researchers from around the world, many of whom are now faculty members in top universities. Previous symposia have been held in Ljubljana (2015), Trondheim (2014),Bologna (2013), Glasgow (2016, 2012), Salamanca (2011), and Prato (2008 - 2010).
Every symposium is characterised by the intensive engagement with top academics. A key success factor and major attraction of the symposium is the one-on-one feedback that attendees receive on work they present at the event. Feedback from past attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, with the majority indicating the symposium had exceeded their expectations, highlighting that detailed feedback from reviewers and personal interactions at the event were perceived to be important to them. For example, one student wrote on the feedback questionnaire: “The overall strength of this symposium is its international focus, the opportunity to network with students and receive detailed feedback from other staff members. The topics presented at the conference are interesting and quite helpful to developing future research”.