Academic Talks

Warwick Congress aims to establish one of the largest academic and entirely student-run conferences in Europe. The three-day event takes three current affair topics and looks to deepen students’ understanding from leading industry professionals in Finance, Economics, Law, and Politics. The current affairs due to be discussed by the 12 keynote speakers across the weekend are:

  • Technology: What is the future of work? Digitisation, automation and disruption.
  • Environment: How do we create a sustainable future? Energy, Renewables and the Circular Economy.
  • Europe: Can liberalism survive the backlash? Globalisation and identity in a shaken world.

They will be analysed by an individual from each of the four disciplines; providing delegates an insight into how these issues shape society.

In addition to the talks, Warwick Congress will host seminars and a careers fair for delegates to engage and network with firms. Warwick Congress 2017 is due to take place from 24th to 26th February, 2017, for 500 delegates, at the University of Warwick. This unique proposal of academic discussions combined with invaluable networking opportunities makes Warwick Congress 2017 an unmissable event.






Tom Spreutels
Managing Director – Citi’s EMEA Corporate Banking

Monica Kalia
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Neyber

Jacques Ripoll
Head of Global Corporate Banking at Banco Santander


Abhinay Muthoo
Dean of Warwick University in London

Sir Vince Cable
Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Tony Cocker


Diana Wallis
Former Vice President of the European Parliament and current President of the European Law Institute

Simon Levine
Global Co-CEO of DLA Piper

James Thornton
Founding CEO of ClientEarth

Alexander Betts
Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

Paul Hilder 
Co-Founder and Chief International Officer of Crowdpac

Miriam Maes
Chairman of the Board for ELIA Group

Meet the Speakers 

Warwick Congress will be offering the exclusive opportunity to have personal access to our world famous speakers via our Speaker Seminars which will be taking place through-out the conference weekend. Covering all of our four academic perspectives (law, finance, politics, economics) we will be holding seminars for a maximum of 20 students each with our conference speakers. These lucky students will be given the chance to intimately meet with, learn from and pick the brains of their respective speaker over the course of the 30-minute Q&A seminar.

To take advantage of this incredible opportunity keep a look out for the seminar announcements and simply sign up via the link below. Places will be distributed on a first come first serve basis so keep your eyes open!

The Topics 

What is the future of work? Digitisation, automation and disruption.

The world of work is changing, and technology is the single biggest factor behind such change. Be it firms aiming to deliver innovative solutions to old and new problems, or nations competing in a ‘global race’, technology is often the deciding factor when it comes to success. Numerous questions arise on considering the true impact of technology, such as: How will current leaps in digitisation compare to advances that have shaped our history? Will automation require a fundamental shift in the interaction between capital and labour? Does the concept of disruption require a brand new business model?

How do we create a sustainable future? Energy, Renewables and the Circular Economy.

More so than ever, our surroundings are playing a bigger part in the choices we make, and the challenges we face. From international agreements on climate change to nudging individuals and businesses to approach energy in innovative ways, the way we approach our environment takes many forms.

What are our obligations to our environment, and who should fund action for the public good? What are the key institutional changes needed to turn environmental challenges into opportunities? All of these questions feed into one problem – how do we create a sustainable future?

Can liberalism survive the backlash? Globalisation and identity in a shaken world.

A selection of key political events in 2016 shocked pundits and tore-up the rule book; but change rarely comes out of thin air. After the UK’s referendum on European Union membership resulting in a decision to ‘Leave’, what does this really mean for the UK’s position in Europe and the world? What are the driving forces behind change – what role do globalisation and identity have in causing recent upheaval – and what role will they have in finding the solutions?

Taking Europe’s recent history as a case study, we will unpick the causes of the challenge to the prevailing liberal order from our four perspectives.

The question of what Europe means to its citizens, and how this impacts on the decisions made on the continent and elsewhere, is more relevant after Brexit that at any other time in the EU’s history. Who holds the power to shape the European project, and what will the shape of Europe look like in the future?