The LIFE Colloquium aims to look into the issue of Long-term saving in an ageing world’.

This umbrella topic will also take in an important number of sub topics, such as:

  • Longevity and ageing
  • Limits to human life
  • Mortality at old ages and related trends
  • Stochastic Modelling of Longevity
  • Longevity risk
  • Longevity bonds
  • Protection against longevity
  • Financial and real assets to cover long term liabilities
  • Annuities, programmed withdrawals, other withdrawals
  • Long term care saving products.
  • Behavioral patterns of long term saving
  • Barriers to saving
  • Interest rates: how to survive in a low interest rate environment
  • Public pensions and the need to top them up


The industry, academic spheres, policymakers, civil servants and of course actuaries, can share their concerns and insights into the matter under discussion: Long-term saving in an ageing world.

LIFE Colloquium 2017, devised as an initiative of the International Association of Actuaries, aims to become a global and inclusive congress, where those related to the industry, academic spheres, policymakers, civil servants and of course actuaries, can share their concerns and insights into the matter under discussion. This is why, in addition to the presentation of more technical and theoretical contributions, practical applications, new approaches, international experience and industry case studies will all be warmly welcomed.


A Scientific Committee will review proposals and then the contributions submitted, before determining whether they are suitable for inclusion in the Colloquium. The Scientific Committee is authorized to accept or reject proposed contributions and to suggest or require modifications to contributions as a condition for acceptance.

Factors taken into consideration by the evaluation committees include the following:

  • Does the proposed contribution address key issues facing the profession or indeed is it of general interest of to the public at large?

  • Does the proposed contribution add to the body of technical actuarial literature or to the development of actuarial practice?

  • Does it have the potential to provoke new currents of thought and discussion?

  • Does the proposed contribution have a practical value to practicing actuaries?

  • Is the topic of potential interest to actuaries in one or more specialization?

  • Are the issues and ideas expressed clearly and professionally?

Contributions of an overtly commercial nature will not be accepted for inclusion in the program.


The Scientific Committee will award prizes for the best paper in the following categories:

  • Theoretical contributions: For the best academic research.

  • Practical contributions: For the best essay or presentation of applied work.

The Scientific Committee will determine the number of prizes and cash amounts awarding up to US$ 1,000, for each category.


Proposal requirements
Each proposal must be sent to: and include the following elements:

  • Type: Indicate whether the submission is intended as an academic research document (theoretical contribution) or practical contribution.
  • A PDF file with the following information:
    • Title: This should be concise and reflect the content of the contribution.
    • Author(s): Please include professional affiliation(s) for each author; and contact details (including e-mail address) for the corresponding author.
    • Abstract: Provide a summary abstract of the contribution (maximum 300 words), including those issues the contribution addresses. The outline should give a succinct and adequate account of the purpose, methods, results/conclusions, and relationship to existing literature.
  • Indicate whether the full paper will be sent. The full paper should be on a PDF file, no more than 30 pages long, with standard margins and font-size 12. In terms of quality of contents and presentation, it should meet the standards of recognized professional and scientific journals. The front page should display the name and affiliation of each author, full postal and electronic address of the corresponding author, title of the paper, and an abstract that needs to be self-contained (no reference to items in the body of the paper) and legible to non-specialists. Pages should be numbered. The text should be organized in numbered sections. Formula numbers should appear on the right and be of the form (3.2) (second formula in Section 3). Footnotes should be avoided as far as possible. References should be arranged alphabetically, and chronologically where the same author is quoted more than once. For journal references give author(s), year published in brackets, title, journal in italics, volume in boldface, and pages. For book references give author(s), year in brackets, title in italics, and publisher.
  • Presentation: Please describe, if necessary, the methodology (e.g., case study discussions, small group discussions, games, quizzes/tests of knowledge, role plays) envisaged for use to encourage audience interaction.

Papers may be written in English, Spanish or Catalan.

The final presentation must be written in English and should be approximately twenty minutes in length. We recommend up to 20 slides.

Provisional acceptance
The Scientific Committee will short-list contributions for presentation on the basis of the synopses submitted and communicate their decision (acceptance or rejection and possible feed-back) to each individual corresponding author no later than 25th May 2017.

Full paper/presentation and acceptance
A complete version of the paper or the presentation file is to be submitted to no later than 25th June 2017. The Scientific Committee will determine the draft scientific program to be undertaken and notify each individual corresponding author whether their work has been officially accepted by 28th July 2017. The draft program including abstracts accepted for the Colloquium will be posted on Website shortly after.


May 5, 2017

Deadline for authors to submit proposals for potential contributions, including an abstract.
See proposal requirements above

May 25, 2017

Provisional acceptance. Authors informed of results of committee review of proposals

June 25, 2017

Full papers/presentations due for committee review

July 28, 2017

Determination of draft scientific program, successful authors notified, accepted abstracts published on website

September 25, 2017

Deadline for submission of presentation file.

The earlier author submits their abstracts, paper and presentations, the greater priority they will be given to receive prompt confirmation of whether they have been accepted.

As part of acceptance of a paper for presentation, authors grant permission to the IAA Life Section for subsequent non-exclusive use of the paper or presentation materials on the website of the colloquium.

Previous publication or presentation: Please make it clear, should the paper or presentation (or a mainly similar work) has been previously published or presented at another event, indicating when and where and if whether any copyright issues should be addressed.


Please contact the Scientific Committee Chairperson for any questions.
Dr. Diego Valero