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November 21, 2024

PEFnet 2020

24th European Scientific Conference of Doctoral Students

Each year, the Faculty of Business and Economics of Mendel University in Brno sponsors and coordinates the PhD Student Conference called PEFnet. The conference provides an opportunity for PhD students around the world to present their work and interact with other students and scientific investigators. The objective of the conference is to bring young researchers and PhD students to share experience and original research contributions on selected topics concerning economic studies. 

The main objective of the conference is to provide students of doctoral study programmes of Czech and foreign universities with the opportunity to present results of their research activities and to get feedback and recommendations for further research from senior researchers as well as other conference participants.

The official language of the conference is English. Translation and interpreting services will not be available.

Conference participants will receive a printed version of the Book of Extended Abstracts. An on-line version of the Book of Abstracts will be available on the conference website.  


Download the Book of Extended Abstracts here.

Detailed session programme see here.


Jan Hanousek Keynote speaker Robert Jahoda Keynote speaker

Jan Hanousek

Professor of Economics at Charles University, CERGE-EI

Robert Jahoda

Associate Professor of Public Economics at Masaryk University


Jan Hanousek, Charles University, CERGE-EI

Jan Hanousek, PhD, is a Professor of Economics at Charles University, CERGE, and a Senior Researcher in the Economics Institute (EI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research interests include applied econometrics, applied finance and corporate finance, while his teaching includes various topics from statistics, econometrics and applied economics. Professor Hanousek has published in the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Review of International EconomicsEuropean Economic Review, Economics of Transition, Journal of Comparative Economics, and other specialized journals. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, was a visiting professor and research fellows at various prestigious universities including Princeton University and University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in statistics from Charles University and an undergraduate degree in probability theory from Charles University.  


Robert Jahoda, Masaryk University

Robert Jahoda has been working at Masaryk University since 2000 at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, where he completed his habilitation in the field of Public Economics in 2014. In addition to his participation in teaching, he is the guarantor of the master's degree program in Public Finance and Economics. In his professional life, he deals with the issues of Czech pension policy and family policy. Part-time work at the Research Institute of Labour and Social Affairs enables him to participate in research into the impacts of broader reform measures of Czech social policy. His research activities are reflected in original contributions to domestic and international journals, in the co-authoring of several monographs and numerous presentations at scientific conferences and professional seminars. In 2015-2018, Robert Jahoda was a member of the Commission for Family Policy, established by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, where he participated in the creation of the Family Policy Concept. He has been a member of the Commission for Fair Pensions since 2019. Furthermore, since 2014 he participates at work of the European Social Policy Network, which was established to provide independent information and analysis in the field of national social policies for the European Commission. He publishes the results of his research in academic journals and popularizes them at numerous seminars organized, for example, by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.



  • Accounting and Taxation
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Corporate finance
  • Economics and Economic Policy
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Industry 4.0. and Labour Market: Social and Economic Perspectives
  • Management
  • Marketing and Trade
  • Quantitative Methods


  • Conference fee: 1250 CZK for onsite participation and 800 CZK for online participation. The registration fee is free of charge for the active students of FBE MENDELU.


  • Registration opening: 1. 9. 2020
  • Deadline for registration and extended abstract submission: 19. 10. 2020
  • Deadline for payment: 20. 10. 2020
  • Deadline for paper submission*: 2. 11. 2020
  • Conference: 26. 11. 2020

*The submission of the full paper is voluntary but highly recommended because the conference uses the system of paper discussions held by senior researchers. Without submitting the full paper, the feedback can be provided only on the basis of extended abstract and paper presentation at the conference. All rights to the paper remain to the author.


Update from 5th November 2020: The conference will be held only online via MS Teams.

The conference will take place both onsite in Brno in traditional format and online via MS Teams. Online participants will have the access to plenary session and parallel sessions as it is in traditional format. 


Scientific Board

  • doc. Mgr. David Hampel, Ph.D. (chair)
  • doc. Ing. František Dařena, Ph.D.
  • doc. Ing. Svatopluk Kapounek, Ph.D.
  • doc. Ing. Pavel Žufan, Ph.D. 

Organisation Board

  • Ing. Hana Vránová (chair)
  • Ing. Dominika Doubková
  • Ing. Andrea Prudilová
  • Ing. Barbora Šiklová 


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