The ECF welcomes PhD students, postdoc fellows, newly appointed faculty members, and all forecasters in the early stage of their career. Our goal is to build a community of ECFs to (1) encourage networking, (2) provide support of ideas and information, and (3) build a connection with the IIF community.

Chairperson: Dr. Anna Sroginis, Lancaster University
Vice Chair: Michał Chojnowski, PhD candidate, Warsaw School of Economics
Board Members: Dr. Niles Perera, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; Margarete Afonso de Sousa Guilhon Araujo, PhD candidate, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Advising Board Members: Dr. Shari De Baets, Ghent University; Dr. Sarah Van der Auweraer, IESEG France

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Beyond the Hype: Exploring the Use of Large Language Models (LLMs) for Researchers
December 20, 2023, 8:00 – 9:00 AM [Time zone: (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)] Speaker: Filotas Theodosiou, Research Associate, Vives University, Belgium

It is clear that Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, have captured the attention of both the public and academic communities, generating both enthusiasm and critical discourse. While beneficial skepticism exists, the ability of LLMs to improve research efficiency and productivity, when used properly, is evident. In this talk, we’ll unpack how these models are trained, how they operate, and their applications in research. We will also discuss strategies for optimal use and look into crucial aspects and pitfalls to be mindful of. The aim of this presentation is to give a practical, hands-on introduction to an informed and efficient way to take advantage of this powerful technology, which will most likely impact both our daily and professional lives.


Project Tools: what does an ECF need to achieve its goals (academic or professional)? (April 2023); Speakers: Stephan Kolassa, Barron Berenjan and Wioletta Stobieniecka

What should I know to publish in the IJF or Foresight? (November 2022) A Q&A with Pierre Pinson and Michael Gilliland

Not an Imposter (March 2022), Speaker: Dr. Anastasia Ushakova, Lecturer in Biostatistics, Lancaster Medical School

Forecasting jobs in industry – what would I do and how do I get one? (December 2021) Presenters: Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, VP, Industry Outreach & Thought Leadership, Kinaxis; Anne-Flore Elard, Director of Advanced Analytics Services, Kinaxis

Public Speaking with Dr. Shari De Baets (March 2021)

Lessons from a career in forecasting research by Paul Goodwin (January 2021)

Tips and tricks on writing an academic paper (October 2020) Speaker: Simon Jones

Consulting, research and teaching in energy forecasting (June 2020) In this talk, Dr. Hong shared his experience about consulting, research, and teaching in the field of energy forecasting, including his transition from a graduate student, to an industry professional, and then to university professor.