Former president of Royal Society and Chief Scientific Adviser honoured with lifetime achievement award

Posted by pt91 at Jul 26, 2013 12:02 PM |
International Finance and Banking Society, launched at the University of Leicester, honours Lord May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 July 2013

Photograph of award presentation available from pt91@le.ac.uk

The International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) has awarded its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord May of Oxford, a professor at the University of Oxford, former President of the Royal Society and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.

At the recent international meeting of IFABS which has received 300 delegates from academia and policy-makers in 42 countries, Professor Lord May of Oxford was presented with a prestigious award - the IFABS 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Professor Lord Robert May is a professor at the University of Oxford, former President of the Royal Society and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.

Dr Meryem Duygun Fethi, the conference co-chair and the founding president of IFABS and a senior lecturer at the University of Leicester’s School of Management, said: “We are extremely delighted to present Lord May of Oxford his well-deserved IFABS 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to research. We thank him for his excellent, inspiring keynote speech at the conference, which provided an outlook on the issues related to stability and complexity in financial ecosystems”.

The University of Leicester in conjunction with the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick and in association with the Journal of Banking and Finance has organized the 5th IFABS International Conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

IFABS meetings have been excellent platforms to bring together researchers from academia and central banks for the critical analysis of pressing contemporary issues in banking and finance research.  This year’s meeting was another great success with three keynote presentations by Professor Lord May of Oxford, Dr Alexandros Vardoulakis (European Central Bank) and Mr Martin Brooke (Bank of England). Around 252 contributions were presented in 64 sessions, of which 4 were special panel sessions organised by academics and central bank economists.

Short bio - Professor Lord May of Oxford OM AC Kt FRS

Robert McCredie May, Lord May of Oxford, OM AC Kt FRS, holds a Professorship at Oxford University and is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He was President of The Royal Society (2000-2005), and Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Head of the UK Office of Science and Technology (1995-2000). His career includes a Personal Chair in Physics at Sydney University aged 33, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology at Princeton (1973-1988), and then a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford.  Interests include how dynamical systems are structured and respond to change, particularly with respect to infectious diseases, biodiversity, and (most recently) financial “ecosystems”.  Honours include: the Royal Swedish Academy’s Crafoord Prize (ecology’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize); the Swiss-Italian Balzan Prize; the Japanese Blue Planet Prize; and the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, its oldest (1731) and most prestigious award.

PHOTO: Professor Peter M. Jackson, Lord May of Oxford, and Dr Meryem Duygun Fethi

For more information, please contact: IFABS2013@le.ac.uk

IFBS logoAbout the International Finance and Banking Society

The International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) was launched at the University of Leicester’s School of Management, UK, in 2008.

The purpose of IFABS is to raise awareness of the importance of banking and finance for economic development and the wellbeing of members of society. IFABS annual conferences provide a forum for discussion, critical analysis and networking amongst academics, policy-makers, research students and practitioners with an interest in contemporary issues in banking and finance research.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ifabs.org

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