Olympic gold medallist gymnast Krisztián Berki and speed-skater Viktor Knoch will be among the speakers of the Sport Economics Section of the 56th Itinerant Conference of Economists to take place on Friday, 7 September 2018 from 9 a.m. in the Kölcsey Centre in Debrecen.    

The town of Debrecen will host the 56th Itinerant Conference of Economists between 6 and 8 September 2018. The largest conference of Hungarian economists will return to Debrecen after the latest event held here in 2007. The Hungarian Economic Association (HEA) organising the conference expect at least 900 economists from the Carpathian Basin and the Visegrad Group.

In recent years sport economics has been one of the most popular topics of the conference – not without reason. The speakers of this year’s section will include Attila Borbély, Professor and Head of Department at the University of Debrecen, President of the Sport Economics Section of HEA; Krisztina András, Head of Sport Economics Research Centre at Corvinus University of Budapest, Mihály Orendi, Vice President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee; and Zoltán Bács, Chancellor of University of Debrecen, Co-President of the Sport Economics Section of HEA; as well as Krisztián Berki, Olympic gold medallist gymnast; Viktor Knoch, Olympic gold medallist short-track speed-skater, head of the athletes’ unit of the Sport Economics Section of HEA; Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Olympian, European gold medallist swimmer; and Erika Géczi, Olympic silver medallist and World Champion kayaker, performing artist.  

During the three-day conference two plenary sessions and 19 section meetings will be held in the Kölcsey Centre in Debrecen, the latter focusing on issues such as the growth potentials of Hungarian economy, stock exchange strategies in the post-Brexit East-Central Europe, the current trends of the insurance market, sport economics issues, the post-2020 budget outlook of the European Union, or the correlations existing between innovation and employment. The speakers of the conference will traditionally include György Matolcsy, Governor of the National Bank of Hungary and Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, alongside others expected to deliver speeches, such as Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Liam Benham, Vice President of IBM Europe. The central issues of this year’s itinerant conference taking place in Debrecen will be education and vocational training in the context of national economy.

The continuously updated programme of the 56th Itinerant Conference of Economists can be accessed at the website http://kozgazdasz-vandorgyules.blog.hu.