Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers, topics and when provided by the speaker a link to download the presentation.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The open meetings programme resumes in October. Dates for which rooms have been booked are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on mailing list approximately one month before the event.

In addition to the Open Meetings and dates listed below, there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas party. For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page.

Meetings and Dates


Notice of ICEA meeting on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at 18h00 for 18h30, Anja Shortland, will speak on “Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business” Meeting Notice 

“Professor Shortland specializes in markets where states do not provide law and order. In this talk she will discuss the market for kidnap ransom insurance”.

Further Dates

2020 Dates

Wednesday February 19th 2020, Geoff Payne will speak on “Urban Development/Land Reform”

Wednesday 18th March 2020, Ron Smith, will speak on “Economic Forecasting: why nobody knows anything”

“ICEA welcomes back Prof Ron Smith for a third talk, this time on economic forecasting. He runs the MSc forecasting option at Birkbeck and his talk will cover the methodologies and pitfalls
of forecasting.”

Wednesday April 15th 2020, Paul Le Blond will speak on “Inside London’s Airport Policy”

Wednesday May 20th 2020, Malcolm Summerfield (ICEA Member) will speak on “St Helena: Now the Airport is Open!

Wednesday June 17th 2020, James Morton (ICEA Member) will speak on “Impact of Foreign Direct Investment”

Wednesday July 15th 2020

Wednesday October 21st 2020

Wednesday November 18th 2020

Time and Place

Meetings are held at in the Gradidge Room at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, (, which is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

We meet at 6 for 6:30pm. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, with time split approximately equally between the speaker’s address and the subsequent discussion with questions, comment and observations from the floor.

Drinks are available both before and after the meeting. We aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm. There is sometimes an opportunity to take supper with speaker as guest. Those doing so leave earlier.

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

Meeting Notifications

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