7th International Academic

Macro Thematic Conference: Paris 2018

December 27-28, 2018

Espaces Vocation

92 rue Saint Lazare , 75009 Paris

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  • Conference History

    This is the 7th annual (winter) conference in Paris, France. Previous conferences have discussed many issues related to global macro trends. The inaugural conference was a response to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Conference Mission: What is Macro Thematic analysis?

    Macro Thematic analysis involves interpretation of the major business, economic, political, social, cultural, technological, scientific, and medical developments  affecting the World over the specific period of time. Professional investors use these macro themes to identify long term investment opportunities. Likewise, business executives use these macro themes as their primary guide in strategic planning. Policy makers also consider these major themes in framing their social, monetary, and fiscal policies. Macrothemetic conferences are generally applied in nature and reserved for professionals. The purpose of this conference is to utilize the vast potential of international academic research to broaden the macro thematic analysis to academia.


  • Scope: Mega Trends

    The scope of this conference includes all research related to the broad mega trends or themes. Specifically, we are interested how these mega trends affect the financial markets, business strategies and broad policy-making.  For example,  BlackRock lists these 5 major mega trends:

    • Changing economic power

    The growing economic strength of emerging economies, such as China and India, is changing the balance of power in the global economy. In the February 2015 report, The World in 2050, PwC predicts that, by 2050, seven out of ten of the world’s biggest economies will be emerging economies.

    • Climate change and resource scarcity

    An expanding global population is increasing the demand for energy, food and water, putting pressure on finite global resources. Demand for fossil fuels, in particular, leads to higher carbon emissions and a more volatile world climate. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2014 estimates that global energy demand will increase by one-third over the period to 2035, with the majority of that demand coming from China, India and the Middle East.

    • Demographics and social change

    The increasing age and size of the world’s population is fundamentally changing the needs of its inhabitants. In the 2015 revision to its World Population Prospects report, The UN Population Division expects there will be an additional 1.2 billion people on the planet by 2030. However, the distribution of those one billion people will not be equal across age groups or regions – 30% of the increase is predicted to consist of those aged 65 or over; by 2050, 50% of population growth overall is likely to come from Africa.

    • Technological breakthrough

    We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is having a profound impact on the global economy, the extent of which is yet to be truly understood. According to PwC analysis of Facebook data from 2014, if Facebook were a country, it would be the second most populous in the world (after China).

    • Rapid urbanisation

    In a 2012 report, the UN Population Division predicted that by 2030 almost two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in cities. As strong population growth puts increasing pressure on the infrastructure and social welfare of cities, its forecast that New York, Beijing, Shanghai and London alone will need $8 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 10 years.

  • Conference Topics

    We invite submission of abstracts on all topic relevant to the 5 mega trends, under the above heading. Specifically, we invite all academic and applied research addressing these issues:1. Macro-thematic and global-macro investment/trading strategies.2. Business strategies based on global mega trends and macro themes.3. Economic policy and mega trends: trade, monetary, fiscal, immigration, social policy, and other policy issues.4. Mega trends specific topics: targeted issues in technology, medicine, science, energy and sustainability.5. Special topic for the Paris conference: Long term effects of the post 2008 monetary policy, and the new trends in fiscal policy. Themes for 2019.

  • Abstract Submission Requirements

    Abstracts can be submitted directly by filling the form (to the right). These are the abstract submission requirements:

    • The title of the abstract must me related to one of the 5 mega trends or the specific topics listed above.
    • Section 1: Explain the specific macro theme discussed in the abstract.
    • Section 2: Explain your analysis/discussion.
    • Section 3: List key implications.
  • Conference Publications

    1. All abstracts will be published in the Conference Program (ISBN).

    2. Full academic papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the The Macroconference Proceedings (ISBN).

    3. Selected applied papers will be published in the Conference Report, which will be distributed in the financial media.

    Abstract should be written as an Executive Summary or as an informative Short Report (please follow the abstract submission guidelines).

    Full papers must follow the following guidelines:

    • The abstract must follow the requirements listed above.
    • The introduction must discuss the specific macro theme or mega trend.
    • It is mandatory to include the section titled: Key Implications.
    • Email the full paper as a world file, with minimal formating: editor@macrojournals.com

    Note: full papers are not required for conference participation.

  • Presentation Requirements

    Oral Presentations

    • All Oral presentations are in English, using Power Point.
    • The leading slide of the presentation must state the "Key Macro Theme" discussed.
    • The concluding slide of the presentation must have the "Key Implications" section.
    • Oral presentation is limited for 10 minutes with additional 5 minutes allowed for questions.

    Poster Presentations

    • Some presentations require a more graphical presentation, in this case we allow for a Poster presentation.
    • The presenter can prepare a poster (there are no specific poster guidelines) and place it in the conference room.
    • All participants will have an opportunity to view the poster and discuss the implications with the author.


    • Presenters not able to come to the venue for any reason (visa issues, health issues, work conflicts, etc.) can submit their Power Points for viewing during the e-session. In past, some authors presented via Skype, although this is not required for the e-session.
  • Key Dates and Deadlines

    Abstract Submission

    • Abstract submission deadline: November 21st
    • Late submissions might be accepted in selected cases.

    Payment and Registration

    • Early BIRD Discount Registration fee deadline: November 5th
    • Regular Registration fee payment deadline: November 28th
    • Late registration: December 18th

    Full Paper Submission

    • Full paper submission deadline for the proceedings: December 15th
  • Conference Registration Fees and Payment

    Conference registration fees:

    • Early BIRD Registration: €300.00
    • Regular Registration Fee: €350.00
    • Late Registration Fee:  €375.00
    • Student Registration Fee: €300.00
    • Participating Co-author Registration Fee: €150.00
    • E-session Registration Fee: €150.00

    Payment of registration fees:

  • Conference Chair and Committees

    Conference Chair:

    Damir Tokic, International University of Monaco, download CV


    Conference Organizing Committee:

    Damir Tokic, International University of Monaco

    Mario Situm, University of Applied Sciences, Austria

    Ohaness Pascalian, University of Houston – Downtown, USA

    Eun Jin Hwang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Ágnes Csiszárik-Kocsir Óbuda University, Hungary


    Conference Scientific Committee:

    Wang Xiaohong, Northeastern Illinois University, USA

    Venera Bekteshi, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA

    Jacek Strojny Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland

    László Tamándl, Széchenyi István University, Hungary

    Dong Zhao, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

    Subir Sengupta, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, USA

    Jennifer Foo, Stetson University, USA

    Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani, National University, USA,

    Sang-Heui Lee, Pittsburg State University, USA

    Natalie Berger, ZN Partners LLC, USA,

    Hafiz Imtiaz AHMAD, New York Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Sasipa Pojanavatee, Silpakorn University, Thailand,

    Ashsih Garg, Research Afiliates, USA,

    Nissaf BEN AYED, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

    Haitham Ahmed, Yanbu Industrial College, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    VM Ponniah, SRM University, India

    Fatimata  Abdoul  Ly, Prince Sultan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Contact

    Conference email: info@macrojournals.com

    Phone number (France): 33(0)601671877

  • Sponsor

    Macrotheme Capital Management LLC, macro research, proprietary trading firm, register with NFA and CFTC.

  • Conference Program

    The full conference program will be posted online after the registration deadline. We are currently accepting abstracts. The final program will be a function of total number of abstracts submitted and accepted.