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September 2016

Workshop: Understanding the Risks of Extreme Events: Challanges in Risk Management of Natural Catastrophes

Friday, September 2, 2016, at ETH Zurich, Main Building, D1.1

Organizing Committee
Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic, Bastian Bergmann, Panagiotis Galanis


Slides (ZIP, 40.1 MB)

The workshop brought together experts from different industries, scientists, (re)insurers, governmental authorities in order to present and discuss the main challenges in modeling extreme natural events. The workshop was split into two parts:

First part: In this part natural disasters will be presented mainly from the perspective of civil protection and public safety. Leading experts from both academia and public authorities will discuss their experiences on natural disaster risk evaluation and reduction.

Second part: In this part the discussion will focus on the financial impact of natural disasters. Professionals from different insurance market participants will share their views on challenges related to quantifying the risk of natural catastrophes and how catastrophe models could assist in taking risk informed decisions to be better prepared for future events.

June 2016

Conference on "Alternative Financial and Monetary Architectures"

Alternative Financial and Monetary Architectures

Monday, June 13 (afternoon) and Tuesday 14 June (morning), 2016, at ETH Zurich, AudiMax, HG F30

Organizing Committee:
Hans Gersbach, Bastian Bergmann

Invitation and Full Programme (PDF, 477 KB)

Presentations/Slides (ZIP, 12.2 MB)

The conference will provide a platform to share insights, experiences and assessments from key players on two main issues:

·        Can the current financial and monetary system be improved, and if yes, how should it be reshaped?

·        Is it preferable to develop alternative monetary and financial systems, and if yes, how should they be structured?

Additional Information:

This course will grant 6 credit points under the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme for members of the SAA’s Actuaries section.


September 2015

"Policyholder Behavior in Insurance Decision Making"

September 28/29, 2015, at ETH Zurich

Programme here (PDF, 272 KB)

Organizing Committee:
Prof. Wanda Mimra
Prof. Antoine Bommier
Benjamin Huber (AXA Winterthur)

Supported by: AXA Research Fund Switzerland


please find them here (ZIP, 4.1 MB)


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Past Workshops

"Financial, Technological, Social and Political Bubbles"

March 26, 2015, at Prime Tower Clouds, Zurich
Organizing Committee
Prof. Didier Sornette (Chair)
Dr. Monika Gisler
Lukas Gubler (Axpo Trading)

Program here (PDF, 443 KB)
Slides here (ZIP, 6.3 MB)
Supported by: Swisselectric/Axpo Trading


"Funding Longer Lives and Elderly Protection"

October 20-21, 2014, at Swiss Re Global Dialogue Centre, Rüschlikon
Organizing Committee
Prof. Antoine Bommier (Chair)
Prof. Paul Embrechts
Stephan Schreckenberg (Swiss Re)

Program here (PDF, 50 KB)
Supported by: Swiss Re


"Vulnerability and Resilience of Supply Chains"

September 12-13, 2013, at Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich
Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dirk Helbing (Chair)
Prof. Wolfgang Kröger
Benno Keller (Zurich Insurance Company)

Program here (PDF, 99 KB)
Supported by: Zurich Insurance Group


"New Views on Extreme Events: Coupled Networks, Dragon Kings and Explosive Percolation"

October 25-26, 2012, at Swiss Re, Adliswil
Organizing Committee:

Prof. Hans Jürgen Herrmann (Chair)
Prof. Dirk Helbing
Prof. Didier Sornette

Program here (PDF, 128 KB)
Supported by: Swiss Re



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