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Call for Papers 2023, Living to 100 Symposia January 15-18, 2023, Orlando, Florida                First Quarter 2023 Asia-Pacific Region

Overview

In 2023, the Society of Actuaries will present two Living to 100 Symposia. Both will be hybrid events with in-person attendance, as well as a virtual component. The first will occur January 15-18, 2023 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. The second will occur in the first quarter of 2023 in the Asia-Pacific region. This Call For Papers is for both symposia and is addressed to professionals knowledgeable in the subject matter and interested in preparing a high quality paper for the symposia that will advance knowledge in the important area of longevity and its consequences. Collaboration is encouraged and authors may submit more than one paper.

Past symposia brought together thought leaders from around the world to share ideas and knowledge on aging, changes in survival rates and their impact on society, institutions and individuals. It is noteworthy that at each of the past symposia, there has been an increasing emphasis on practical implications and methods that can be used to effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities created. The symposia not only provide a forum for discussion but also allow time and opportunity for networking.

A diverse range of professionals, scientists, academics, and practitioners are expected at this prestigious event to discuss the latest scientific information on how and why we age, methodologies for estimating current and future rates of survival, potential benefits and risks associated with the increasing numbers of retirees and potential answers to other difficult related issues.

Further information regarding the Symposia content may be found in the Content section of this Call For Papers.

In addition to writing a paper in response to this call, there will be an additional opportunity for individuals to contribute content and participate. A call for session proposals will be posted in early 2022 for individuals to submit session ideas without an accompanying formal paper, on a broad set of topic areas. Submissions will be considered and a limited number will be included in the two programs.

The outcome of each LT100 symposium is a lasting body of research to educate and aid professionals and policymakers in identifying, analyzing and managing the potential needs of future advanced-age populations. This body of knowledge, papers and discussions, as well as digests of panel sessions, is accessible on the SOA website.

Dates and Location on the Symposia

The Symposia is scheduled for:

January 15-18, 2023, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, USA.

First Quarter 2023 in the Asia-Pacific region

More information is coming soon.

Content

The Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia is seeking papers exploring aging, longevity and their implications. A list of suggested topics is presented below. The list is neither complete nor restrictive, but rather is intended to stimulate ideas and describe some topics that might be addressed in a paper that will contribute significantly to current theory, knowledge or methodology.

The organization and order of the following possible topics should not be considered as implying the final structure of the Symposium programs or the importance that the Symposium sponsors give to the topics listed.

  1. Understanding the issues:
    1. Mortality/longevity
    2. Mortality Improvement
    3. Morbidity
    4. Quality of Life
    5. Relations between mortality/longevity, mortality improvement, morbidity and the quality of life
    6. Effects of developments in genetics, medicine and disease management
    7. Effects of changes in behavior and the environment
    8. Effects of demographic characteristics
    9. Effects of individual and contextual (community) level socioeconomic characteristics
    10. Current research, including medical, biological and aging research
    11. Effects of pandemics e.g. COVID-19 on mortality/longevity, mortality improvement, morbidity and quality of life
  2. Data sources for mortality, mortality improvement, morbidity, quality of life measurement and projection:
    1. Availability and new efforts/projects to collect data
    2. Data accuracy and methods to improve data accuracy
    3. Public and private sources
    4. Results of experience studies
  3. Modeling and projection techniques:
    1. Emerging models and projection techniques
    2. Critique and comparisons of existing models and projection techniques
    3. By cause of death/disability
    4. Sociodemographic characteristic / population segment
    5. Uncertainty and stochastic modeling
    6. Modeling and projection issues
  4. Implications for society, institutions and individuals, as well as changes needed to support a growing aging population:
    1. Related public policy issues and potential solutions
    2. To retirement systems, and insurance, savings and health care industries including opportunities resulting from an increasing aged population
    3. To individuals and the aged in all life phases
    4. Effect on morbidity and quality of life before and after retirement
    5. To future jobs and associated consequences for both younger and older employees and institutions
  5. Management of longevity risk:
    1. By society – effective communication, public understanding
    2. By institutions – prospects for research, methods for transferring and managing longevity risk, such as pension plan longevity risk transfer and hedging longevity risk through capital markets, as well as new risk transfer methods
    3. By individuals – financial strategies, housing and changes in behavior and lifestyle
  6. Innovation and Technology for supporting the elderly:
    1. Extending the time period an individual is engaged in their own well being
    2. Monitoring an individual’s physical health, mental state, activities, location and other purposes including wearables
    3. Delivering care to the elderly
    4. Examining how data from technology is being used and the opportunities it may create
    5. Other ways technology is enhancing quality of life or extending longevity
  7. Application of existing or new longevity analytic techniques, data, theories, models or methods to actuarial practice:
    1. Longevity risk measurement, mitigation, and management
    2. Pricing and valuation of insurance, annuity products, and pension plans
    3. Development of mortality and morbidity tables
    4. Risk classification

International comparisons and insights into any of the above issues are welcome.

The SOA Research Institute intends to publish all accepted papers on the SOA Website. In addition, some papers may be published in SOA publications such as the North American Actuarial Journal, the refereed journal of the Society of Actuaries.

Procedures for Submission of Topic ideas for papers

Please submit the topic idea for your proposed paper by January 10, 2022. The topic idea should describe the subject of the paper, data sources and methods to be used, key items to be covered and how your paper will contribute to current knowledge, theory, and/or methodology. The topic idea summary should not exceed two pages. A brief curriculum vitae or resume for each author is also required.

Submit the information by email to: Jan Schuh, Research Administrator

Procedure for Reviewing Topic Ideas

The Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia will review and evaluate all submitted topic ideas. Input from other knowledgeable individuals or sponsors also may be sought. The primary purpose of this review is to assemble the program for the symposium and to assure that the set of papers accepted will be appropriate for presentation at the symposium and subsequent publication. A final determination as to the papers invited to present will be made after all topic ideas and papers have been submitted and reviewed. The SOA Research Institute reserves the right to not accept any papers not meeting the standards established by the Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia.

The Committee will notify authors as soon as possible but no later than February 28, 2022 about their decision to accept, accept subject to revision, or decline each abstract submitted.

Procedure for Submissions and Review of Papers

All papers, based on accepted topic ideas, must be completed and submitted no later than May 30, 2022. An updated brief curriculum vitae or resume for each author is also required. The procedure for submission of papers includes the following specific guidelines:

  • Papers must be in English and must not have been published elsewhere
  • Your paper will be posted electronically on our Web site for attendees prior to the symposium.
  • Submissions should be made electronically to Jan Schuh at jschuh@soa.org

Because of limited time during the symposium, not all accepted papers can be guaranteed for presentation at the symposium. The Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia will review the papers for consistency with the accepted outline and make a final determination as to the papers to be invited for presentation at the symposium. It is anticipated that travel and lodging expenses up to a specified amount for an author selected to present a paper at the symposium will be reimbursed. If a paper has multiple authors, travel and lodging expenses for only one author will be reimbursed.

The Committee will notify authors as soon as possible but no later than July 15, 2022 about their decision for each paper submitted to: accept for presentation and publication, accept for presentation and publication subject to revision, accept for publication only, accept for publication only subject to revision or decline.

Publication

The SOA Research Institute and other sponsoring organizations reserve the right to publish and copyright all accepted papers. In addition, excerpts or synopses of the papers may be published for promotional purposes.

It should be noted that once a paper has been accepted for publication, the SOA Research Institute owns the copyright for that paper. If the author wishes to publish or distribute the paper or any portion thereof elsewhere, permission must be obtained from the SOA Research Institute to do so.

Questions

Please direct questions regarding this Call for Papers to:

Ronora Stryker, ASA, MAAA
SOA Research Institute Senior Practice Research Actuary
ph: 847.706.3614
e–mail: rstryker@soa.org