Last week the Westminster Business School hosted the annual Royal Economic Society PhD Meetings, attracting 350 economists from all over the world.

The annual event features research presentations and plenary sessions on key aspects of academic life and provides opportunities for interviews between job market candidates and recruiting institutions.

A key aim of the meetings is to allow European recruiters easier access to job market candidates nearer to home. In conjunction with the American Economic Association meetings, the Royal Economic Society PhD Meetings is seen as one of the most important events of the academic year for aspiring academic economists.

Keynote speakers Professor Frederic Vermeulen, Joint Managing Editor of the Economic Journal, and Professor Daniel Hamermesh, Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway, offered advice on how to get published and on how to secure a job in the economics profession. The programme was chaired by Franz Buscha from the University of Westminster and Sarah Smith from the University of Bristol.

The event was a big success and over the two days approximately 350 economists attended presentations and poster sessions by 100 doctoral students from around the world. In addition, 25 UK and EU institutions conducted approximately 300 interviews as part of the annual job market cycle.

The event was generously co-sponsored by the Bank of England, which hosted the evening reception.

View photos from the event or follow the Twitter coverage at #RESPhDMeetings.

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