2021 Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the RES 2021 Annual Conference will be taking place 12-14 April 2021 at Queen's University Belfast. The call for papers is now open - see full details below.

The Annual Conference is our flagship event and brings together hundreds of academic and professional economists to present the latest developments in economics and showcase their real-world application. It is preceded by the Women's Committee Mentoring Retreat and is followed by RES Symposium of Junior Researchers, an event for and run by PhD students. In 2021 we also plan to run Professional Development Sessions (full details to follow). 

2021 Keynote Speakers

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln

Hahn Lecture

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is Professor of Macroeconomics and Development at Goethe University Frankfurt and chairwoman of the Review of Economic Studies.

Matthew Gentzkow

Economic Journal Lecture

Matthew Gentzkow is Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He studies empirical industrial organization and political economy, with a specific focus on media industries.

Guido Imbens

Sargan Lecture

Guido Imbens is The Applied Econometrics Professor and Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Department of Economics.

Programme Chair: Ricardo Reis (LSE)

Prof Rachel Griffith

Past President's Address

Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Lord Nicholas Stern

Past President's Address

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.


Call for papers

The call for papers for our RES 2021 Annual Conference is now open.

Submissions of papers and Special Sessions (see separate dropdown) are invited for the next Conference which is taking place on 12-14 April 2021 at Queen’s University Belfast.

Papers for the General Sessions are welcome from academic, government and business economists from any field in economics and econometrics. Submissions must be made through Conference Maker by 23.59 GMT Thursday 29 October 2020.

Special Sessions

Please visit the Special Sessions page for information.

2021 Conference Prices


    RES Member (£) Non-Member (£)
Full Conference package (incl. Gala Dinner) Early-bird 330 495
  Late registration 450 565
  On the day 500 615
One day registration (excl. Gala Dinner) Early-bird 145 220
  Late registration 205 285
  On the day 230 310

Gala Dinner guest tickets (each, maximum two per delegate).

  55 55
PhD student presenter and non-presenters should register and claim back according to the eligibility criteria.      


Our intention is that the conference will be a face-to-face conference within any government guidelines in place at the time of the event. However, if guidance means that a face-to-face event is not viable, the RES is developing contingency plans which will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further guidance as information becomes available. 

PhD Financial Assistance Fund

Further information can be found on the PhD Financial Assistance page.


If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the RES 2021 Annual Conference, please contact the office at resoffice@res.org.uk



Professional Development Sessions

The RES’s Professional Development Sessions aim to help economists and others (junior or senior) build their knowledge in particular topical areas. The sessions are held by leading academics who have extensive experience in the session topics. Sessions will focus on content to help improve teaching or research and are designed to deliver practical take-aways. 

Check back here for full details once Registration opens in Early 2021. 


The RES will provide details of any hotels with specially negotiated rates when registration opens in early 2021.  


Full details on how to travel to and from the Annual Conference can be found on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By air

Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport which are both linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By boat

Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England. The two main Belfast routes are from Liverpool and Cairnryan, both provided by Stena Line. An alternative route runs from Holyhead to Dublin, with excellent motorway connections between there and Belfast. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By public transport

Queen’s is a five minute walk from Botanic Train Station on the Bangor, Larne, Newry and Derry~Londonderry lines. A connection to Dublin is just one stop away, via Belfast Central Station. Coach and bus services arrive at Great Victoria Street, which is also connected by rail (or alternatively is a ten-minute walk). More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By car

Queen’s is located in south central Belfast and as such is close to the both Northern Ireland’s main motorways, connecting it easily with the rest of Ireland. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

Media Policy

The RES Annual Conference is open to accredited representatives of print, broadcast and electronic media who are intending to actively report on the Annual Conference.  Please see our media policy for further details on how to apply for a media pass.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a paper to the RES Annual Conference you consent to the RES securely holding details of your submission to the conference for a period of no longer than 24 months for the purposes of analysing submissions. You understand submission details will only be passed to members of the Programme Committee for the purposes of processing the submissions for acceptance onto the RES Annual Conference.

As this is an open scientific conference, all accepted papers will be available in the public domain by default. You will however, be able to update your submission with a more recent version of your paper for submission made through ConferenceMaker.

Any personal data which may be submitted as part of the submission and selection procedure, will be processed by RES in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation, and RES Privacy Notice. You can stop the processing of your data at any time by emailing programme@res.org.uk requesting that your submission be withdrawn.

The Royal Economic Society will be filming large parts of the Conference for wider dissemination. It is presumed that those attending the RES Conference have no objection to being included in footage of the Conference. Any attendee who explicitly wishes not to be included in any broadcast film should contact the RES organisers during the Conference. We will then seek to edit film footage accordingly.