Jun 02, 2021

Call for interest

Organiser & Host



Every two years since 2009, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), in partnership with a broad group of European Universities, organise the European Research Conference on Microfinance. The Research Conference is a unique event that gathers together high-level researchers, academics, professionals, and students ensuring that the latest research is disseminated to the whole microfinance and inclusive finance community.

Previous conferences have taken place in Brussels, Groningen, Agder, Geneva, Portsmouth and Paris as described below. The 7th European Research Conference on Microfinance should have been held during this year but considering the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on Universities at many levels, and also on the uncertainties around travelling abroad, e-MFP and CERMi have decided to postpone the conference to 2022.

Previous editions:

The 6th European Research Conference on Microfinance was held at the University of Paris Dauphine, 3rd-5th June 2019. It was co-organised by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier Business School and the Paris Dauphine University. The conference brought together over 130 delegates, and more than 85 research papers were presented in parallel sessions over the three conference days. (see conference report here)

The 5th European Microfinance Research Conference was held at the University of Portsmouth, 12th – 14th June 2017. It was organised by the Portsmouth Business School of the University of Portsmouth. It brought together over 150 high level researchers, academics, professionals, and students, with 88 papers being presented in 24 break-out sessions. (see conference report here)

The 4th European Microfinance Research Conference was held at the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Institute), 1st – 3rd June 2015. It was organised by the University of Geneva’s School of Economics and Management and its Centre for Microfinance and Financial Inclusion. The conference brought together 160 participants from universities, investment funds and policy making institutions of 24 countries. (see conference report here)

The 3rd European Research Conference on Microfinance was held in the University of Agder, Norway, 10th - 12th June 2013. Organised by the Norwegian Centre for Microfinance Research at the University of Agder in cooperation with the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the University of Groningen, it gathered 250 participants from 35 countries and more than 180 papers were presented and discussed. (see conference report here)

The 2nd European Research Conference on Microfinance was held in Groningen University, the Netherlands, 16th - 18th June 2011. Organised by the e-MFP former Research AG, the conference provided a collection of 170 research papers, which were discussed by a public of over 200 researchers and practitioners in microfinance from all over the world.

The 1st European Research Conference in Microfinance was held at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, 2nd - 4th June 2009.  Organised by CERMi in collaboration with the e-MFP former Research Action Group, it gathered 250 participants from 50 countries and over 70 papers were presented.

7th European Research Conference on Microfinance

e-MFP is launching this call for interest to host the 7th edition of the conference. Interested organisations should submit a brief proposal (no more than 3 pages) containing the following information:

  1. Name of the organisation and department, if applicable
  2. Person responsible for organising the conference (name, position and contact details)
  3. Motivation to host the conference
  4. Proposed dates
  5. Suggested key topics, including any special topics or speakers.
  6. Estimated costs for the conference, specifying what will be covered by the organiser and what needs to be covered by external sponsors (if any).

Please note that the conference has traditionally taken place in person during the month of June. However, considering that the situation in the Summer 2022 regarding the covid-19 crisis and particularly the conditions to travel within and from outside Europe are uncertain, candidates are welcome to suggest different formats for the conference or propose multiple options that can be adopted, depending on the future developments in the pandemic.

The deadline to submit the proposal is 4th July 2021. It should be sent to contact@e-mfp.eu.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit additional information. Details will be provided. If there are any questions regarding the application process, please contact jafonso@e-mfp.eu.


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