MAS+ Talks offered by MAS ETHZ MTEC

A new integrative learning format “MAS+” brings together MAS alumni and current students to facilitate knowledge transfer between D-MTEC and our alumni in industry. The events range from workshops that re-evaluate our programme content, to talks by industry professionals, to career and networking events. 

Please find the upcoming MAS+ Talks for this Spring Semester 2021 below. An MAS+ Workshop is planned for the beginning of July - details will follow soon. If you have further ideas for future topics please feel free to contact us

MAS+ Talks are free of charge and will be held online via Zoom, due to the corona restrictions. We hope to return to ETH campus soon. For more information, please see the MAS+ section on our website or Register now, to join these alumni-student events.

qx-Club Zürich, Anlass vom 27. April 2021: "Run-off in der deutschen Lebensversicherung"

Herr Bernd Neumann von der Frankfurter Leben wird (in seiner Funktion als Mitglied des Vorstands für die Ressorts Finanzen und Operations) zum Thema „Run-off in der deutschen Lebensversicherung“ referieren. Der Vortrag stellt die Herausforderungen in der Lebensversicherung sowie die sich daraus ergebenden Handlungsoptionen dar. Anschließend wird die Frage beantwortet, was eine Run-off Plattform ist. Schließlich werden die Chancen beleuchtet, die sich durch einen Transfer auf eine Run-off Plattform ergeben können und der Ablauf einer Transaktion beschrieben.

Den Vortrag wird von Seiten der ZHAW um eine kurze Vorstellung der aktuellen Studie zum Thema «Cyber-Risiken und KMU» ergänzt.

Sollte weiterhin von Ihrer Seite das Interesse bestehen, auch Mitglied der qx-Club Plattform über MS Teams zu werden, so erhalten Sie dazu während der Veranstaltung weitere Informationen. Neben dem virtuellen Austausch verbal, wie auch mit Kamera können wir und Sie dann diese Plattform auch dafür nutzen, um sich in einer Gruppe zu treffen und auszutauschen.

Dokumente, die zur Verfügung gestellt werden, legen wir für die Mitglieder der qx-Club Plattform über MS Teams zugänglich, ab.

Der link zuz MS Teams erhalten Sie vor der Veranstaltung.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen,

Ihr qx-Club Team
Frank Schiller, Esther Schütz und in Vertretung der ZHAW Michaela Bruer


Block Course „Deep Learning with Actuarial Applications in R”, 14/15 October 2021, Zurich

Please note: security and social distancing are guaranteed

Purpose and Nature:

The goal of this two-day block course is to introduce the participants to neural networks for the modelling of insurance risk in general and life insurance. Therefore, we will provide an introduction into neural networks from a mathematical perspective and from an implementation point of view using R and the keras package. We also give a short introduction into unsupervised learning.

The course will be practical and consists of approx. 50% presentations where the models are introduced and explained. The other 50% are exercises where the participants are using R/RStudio, the keras package and apply the concepts to publicly available insurance risk data.

The content of the course is mainly based on the published tutorials of the SAV “Data Science” working group and available on


CERA Global Risk Conference 2021

Call for presentations

The CERA Global Risk Conference 2021 will take place as a virtual event from Monday 14 June to Thursday 17 June 2021. The Conference will include both pre-recorded and live sessions. The Organising Committee is now accepting submissions for presentations from CERAs and other risk professionals.

The Conference aims to offer cutting-edge and forward-looking insights on current topics to:

  • the global CERA population;
  • actuaries working in or with an interest in Enterprise Risk Management; and
  • other risk professionals.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, global economic instability, uncertainty of natural catastrophes and the ever-present risk of cyber-attacks, there are many topics on which you could choose to share your insights at the conference.

You are encouraged to submit a synopsis of your presentation.
All submissions will be carefully considered by the curators, taking into account the quality, topic area and the length (20 to 40 minutes preferred) – so, we recommend that synopses are approximately four paragraphs long. Due to the capacity of the program, please note that not all submissions will be accepted.

1. Submit your synopsis online by Friday 26 March 2021.
2. We will notify you whether your submission has been accepted by Friday 16 April 2021.
3. Final presentations delivered by Friday 28 May 2021.

ASTIN Online Colloquium 2021

With the postponement of the Orlando Colloquium to May 2022, the 2021 ASTIN Colloquium will take place purely online during the week of 17 May. It will be split into several 3-4 hours sessions, each hosted by a different ASTIN Chapter. The online Colloquium will comprise the usual multiple track scientific program and plenary keynote presentations, plus a series of demonstrations and other remote social activities, and our general assembly.

I encourage you to submit an abstract to present during the colloquium. Please visit our website to view the Call for Abstracts for additional details and take note that ASTIN will be awarding a Best Paper Award

Attendance to the colloquium will be free, however, post-event recordings will be reserved for ASTIN members. Further details will be communicated once the programme has been finalized.

Frank Cuypers
Chairman, ASTIN Section

Vision PK 2030 - Berufliche Vorsorge und Digitalisierung

3. Mai 2021, 16.00 Uhr

ZHAW School of Management and Law 

Call for Papers

On 2 & 3 June 2021, the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) will host the first European Actuarial Days 2021 (EAD 2021) as an online-only conference to offer a unique CPD event for all interested actuaries.
The AAE invites all experts to discuss the current professional challenges and opportunities arising from new areas of activity of the profession as well as from traditional work areas. The conference will put a special focus on the environment actuaries work and operate in and the fast development of this surrounding in the recent past and expectations for the future.

The EAD 2021 Program Committee welcomes abstracts until 31 March 2021.

This information is also available on the AAE website.

Announcement from the AAE

We are all dealing with Covid-19 restrictions, which already led to postponing ECA to June 2022.

The experience we gained in the past year teaches us that there is a great interest and demand for virtual events among the European actuarial community.
For this purpose – and also resulting from the feedback of the Presidents – the AAE is delighted to announce that we will be organising two new formats in the first half of 2021:

  1. AAE Roundtable on Sustainability and Climate Risks – 23 March 2021, 10:00-11:30 CET
    Registration is free of charge and can be done using this link.
  2. European Actuarial Days – 2 and 3 June 2021 – SAVE THE DATE! More information will be shared at a later stage.

Managing Risk and Capital in a Volatile World: Business Simulation Game

Sponsor: Swiss Association of Actuaries