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Interdisciplinary Conference on systemic Risks

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the House of Finance (HoF) would be honored to welcome you to the conference

"Systemic Risk: Economists Meet Neuroscientists"

September 17 - 18, 2012

The conference is part of a research collaboration between the FlAS and the House of Finance. A common challenge of both institutions of Goethe University Frankfurt is the necessity to better understand and more actively manage systemic risks which substantially threaten modern societies in different important spheres of life and work. The goal is to combine the specific strengths of both institutions and to study these yet almost misunderstood phenomena through an interdisciplinary approach that involves economists, neuroscientists and physicists (scientific coordinator: Prof. Ester Faia).

The main themes of the conference will be

  • Behavioral Approaches to Risk and
  • Risk in Network Models (including risk measurements).

Please click here for the detailed conference program.

Dates and locations:

Monday, September 17, 2012
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Ruth-Moufang-Str. 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
House of Finance, Goethe University, Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Please register by September 14, 2012, by sending an email to Muriel Büsser <>. Please indicate whether you will attend both conference days.

Organizing Committee:

Ester Faia (HoF), Michael Haliassos (HoF), Jan-Pieter Krahnen (HoF), Volker Lindenstruth (FIAS), Wolf Singer (FIAS), Jochen Triesch (FIAS), Uwe Walz (HoF)

The House of Finance combines three university departments (Finance, Money and Macroeconomics, Corporate and Finance Law) as well as seven academic research and training centers focusing on finance. The aim of bringing finance and financial law together is to develop research synergies through interdisciplinary work and further the international academic network and exchange of knowledge combined with practical experience. The House of Finance opened in spring 2008 on the Westend Campus of Goethe University.

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) is newly founded institution dedicated to basic theoretical research in various areas of science. The Institute is meant to serve as a superstructure for basic research, bringing together theorists from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and computer science in a common organizational and intellectual framework. It is an ambitious independent scientific institution while at the same time bundling research activities at Goethe University Frankfurt and neighboring research centers.

Goethe University is a strong research institution in the European financial capital of Frankfurt. Founded in 1914 by the citizens of Frankfurt, today it is one of the ten largest universities in Germany to receive the most external funding. On January 1, 2008, the university achieved an exceptional degree of autonomy with its return to its historical roots as a foundation university. At the same time, the university is also being physically expanded. A new campus is being built around the historic Poelzig Ensemble in Frankfurt’s Westend that is setting esthetic and functional standards. Science City situated in Riedberg combines the natural sciences faculties in the direct vicinity of two Max Planck Institutes. According to the Stifterverband, Goethe University occupies a leading position with its more than 55 foundation professorships and visiting professorships.


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