The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) in conjunction with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), will be co-hosting the 2020 AASB Virtual Research Forum, where academics and financial reporting stakeholders from the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors will come together to discuss the following three research projects:


Opening Remarks, Keynote Speaker, & Research Topic 1: The Use and Usefulness of Equity Accounting (9.00 am - 11.30 am)

Professor Michael Bradbury (Massey University)

Associate Professor Tom Scott (Auckland University of Technology)

Laura Mehnaz (Auckland University of Technology)


Research Topic 2: Implementing AASB 16 Leases: The Investor and Preparer Perspectives (11.45 am - 1.15 pm)

Professor Michael Davern (University of Melbourne)

Nikole Gyles (University of Melbourne)

Dr Dean Hanlon (Monash University)


Closing Remarks, Keynote Speaker 2, & Research Topic 3: Are Accounting Standards Understandable? (2.15 pm - 4.45 pm)

Associate Professor Bryan Howieson (University of Adelaide)

Janice Loftus (University of Adelaide)

Sabine Schuhrer (University of Adelaide)


The 2020 AASB Virtual Research Forum will also include expert panel discussions, live audience Q&As, as well as special guest speaker Ann Tarca, from the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), who will present an update about the IASB’s project pipeline.

We will also be hosting an optional virtual networking drinks at the end of the day.

This was a unique year, as due to COVID-19 restrictions, the AASB took the event online for the first time ever, receiving a record number of ticket reservations in the process. 

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