The Momentum conference has never been atypical actuarial conference, and this year promises to be no different, with the addition of Lightning Talks, alongside the normal range of cross-discipline technical seminars and soft skills master classes.
Take a look at the programme online - there's sure to be something to interest you, maybe from different practice areas. There is much to broaden your world-view - perhaps even change your career!
Momentum is for nearly and newly qualified actuaries from across all specialities. We have tried to design the programme to challenge your thinking within your speciality, outside your traditional roles and as an actuary at large.
The overarching concept for the conference is 'adapt and thrive'. As a profession, we need to become more adaptable as technology and other professions encroach onto our traditional areas of work. In essence, we believe that interpreting and making sense of an increasingly complex and uncertain world is a key part of what actuaries can offer the world.
The aim of this conference is to show how you, personally, can adapt to thrive in this brave new world.
Sessions will hopefully challenge your thinking, broaden your horizons and open your eyes to the softer skills required to succeed in an ever-changing environment. Plenaries will cover networking and some skills to help you succeed in your career; the game theory of insurance pricing; and a panel discussion on the implications of Brexit on the industry. This year's 'Lightning Talks' will be a series of short, snappy talks on hot topics.
The idea is to be impactful and thought-provoking. Master classes return to the conference and will focus on practical skills all actuaries need, from negotiation skills and speaking out when it's difficult; to communicating in different ways - across language divides and jargon; and breaking
the fear barrier with coding. There will naturally be plenty of time to network, plus a grand gala dinner with Dame Kelly Holmes speaking, after which it'll be time to chat, play the casino or dance the night away.
We look forward to seeing you there.
RUSS BOWDREY is chair of the IFoA Momentum organising committee
RICHARD COHEN is vice-chair of the IFoA Momentum organising committee