ExploreEcon 2020

On 26th February, we held the annual undergraduate research conference, ExploreEcon, which showcases independent work from all years of our Economics programme. To access the full list of posters and presentations, please take a look here!

Poster board questioning
(Image by Kirsten Holst)

During the first part, students with poster boards pitched their research to judges whilst attendees mingled and took in all the elaborate displays.

Presentation room
ExploreEcon 2020 presentation room (Image by Kirsten Holst)

After some coffee, we powered through to the presentations portion. Students explained their research papers and took on questions from judges and the audience alike. The winning groups of the First Year Challenge 2019-20 were also presented their awards. Continuing on from last year, we held another #whateconomistsreallydo Ignite Session which involved paired presentations by academics and students on the theme of “Using (and abusing) data in economics.”

Judge's table
ExploreEcon 2020 judges (Image by Kirsten Holst)

This year, our judging panel was made up of Alexis Raichoudhury (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Phil Burns (Frontier Economics) and Mark McDonald (HSBC Global Research).

The winners of ExploreEcon 2020 were announced:

Cezary Klimczuk paper winner
Best Paper: Cezary Klimczuk (Image by Kirsten Holst)

Best Paper: Cezary Klimczuk – Letting the machines do the maths: An AI predicting cryptocurrency movements

Shivam Gujral poster winner
Best Poster: Shivam Gujral (Image by Kirsten Holst)

Best Poster: Shivam Gujral – Direct Benefit Transfers: A way forward to transform the Indian Education system?

Tien-jen Kao Ignite Session winner
Ignite Session winner: Tien-Jen Kao (Image by Kirsten Holst)

#whateconomistsreallydo Ignite Session: Tien-Jen Kao

CTaLE with celebration cake
UCL Economics Conference (Image by Kirsten Holst)

To round off a successful day, we took this time to celebrate 5 years of CTaLE with staff members, students and -of course- cake!

We’re already looking forward to ExploreEcon 2021!

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