BAFA AE SIG Ghent Conference
We welcome you in Ghent (Belgium) for the 2019 annual conference of the BAFA Accounting Education Special Interest Group.


22 - 24 May 2019, Ghent (Belgium)


In this COVID-19 period, we are looking back to the previous BAFA conference on Accounting Education, last year in Ghent.  We made a virtual google photo book on this link.  You can provide comments and likes.  For more pictures we refer to the bottom of this page here.  For downloads of the powerpoints of the keynote speakers and the material of the workshops, also scroll down on this page here.


As the hosts of the 2019 BAFA Accounting Education Special Interest Group Conference, we would like to warmly invite you to join us on 22-24 May 2019 in Ghent (Belgium). 

The conference location is in the middle of the medieval city of Ghent (Address: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium). 

This conference is designed to provide:

  • a platform for presenting (and discussing) research in accounting education, from all sorts of perspectives (e.g. teaching innovations, curriculum development, better assessment, cooperation with accounting bodies);
  • a forum for presenting emerging ideas or innovative teaching practices;
  • a range of active workshops to develop ideas for teaching and learning;
  • an opportunity to identify partners for collaborative research;
  • a network of attendees, embracing a concern for better teaching and learning in the area of Accounting, Tax, Audit and Finance.   

A special issue of the “Journal of Accounting Education” is dedicated to this conference, for a selection of presented full papers. 

Paper submission and registration is now open. 

Download flyer here: flyer AE SIG Ghent.pdf We hope to see you in Ghent.

Patricia Everaert and Evelien Opdecam, Ghent University


We welcome full papers and emerging papers, starting from November 15. Deadline is March 1, 2019.  Send full paper or abstract (emerging paper) to: or


The conference Venue is: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent.  There are various hotels in walking distance, such as Marriott Gent, Novotel Gent Centrum, NH Gent Belfort, Ibis Centrum CathedralIbis Centrum OperaMonasterium Poortackere.

For an overview of other hotels, with distance to the conference venue, click here.


Early Bird: 1 February to 15 March 2019 Registration: 16 March to 1 May 2019

Buying a ticket registers you for this event. To purchase a ticket, log in to your account on the BAFA Membership portal ( and click the 'Purchase Tickets' button. Select the appropriate ticket for the event you want to attend, and follow instructions. If you are not already a member of BAFA, please sign up for membership (

Bafa annual membership rates:

Academic staff: £30   Unsalaried PhD/MPhil student or retired academic: £15

Conference Fees:

Option 1: Full conference rate:

Includes refreshments and lunch each day, and the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 23 May.

Early bird: £270; After 15 March: £300

Option 2: Day Delegate rates:

Includes refreshments and lunch.

Wednesday 22 May (lunch followed by afternoon sessions)

Early bird: £70; After 15 March: £80

Thursday 23 May (all day)

Early bird: £130; After 15 March: £140

Conference Dinner

Early bird: £45;  After 15 March: £50

Friday 24 May (morning sessions followed by lunch)

Early bird: £70;  After 15 March: £80

Option 3: Full-time Phd-students:

Includes refreshments and lunch each day, and the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 23 May.

Early bird: £170;  After 15 March: £200


We invite authors of conference presentations to submit complete journal ready accounting education related research papers, teaching cases, teaching notes, or best practices to the special issue of the Journal of Accounting Education (  The submission deadline for this special issue is: 1st of October 2019. 


This event is supported by ICAEW, CIMA, ACCA, CPA Australia.  Also the local sponsors Deloitte-Gent and Intersentia are acknowledged.   


The conference program starts on Wednesday noon (12h00) and ends on Friday afternoon (13h30).


  1. Prof. dr. Natalie T. Churyk, Northern Illinois University (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Accounting Education).  Key note speaker on Wednesday: “Sharing your knowledge with the community: take the lead by publishing.”  The Journal of Accounting Education is a refereed journal dedicated to promoting and publishing research on accounting education issues and to improving the quality of accounting education worldwide.  Generally, there are four article categories: Main Article, Teaching & Educational Note, Educational Case or Best Practice.  The keynote speaker will explain the difference among the four types as well as the expected components of each type (e.g,. efficacy for an Educational Case).  She will also exchange ideas for making results of empirical studies available to your colleagues, educators and researchers. 
  2. Prof. dr. Martin Valcke, Ghent University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.  Key note speaker on Thursday: “Motivational theories and their implications for the class room in higher education”.  How to motivate students to learn?  Different frameworks and theories are available from the Education and Psychology Sciences.  The keynote speaker will explain different motivational theories and explain how they can be applied in every day teaching, in an attempt to enhance students’ motivation to engage.
  3. Professor dr. Ursula Lucas, receiving a life time achievement award in accounting education.  Key note speaker on Friday: “Exploring different worlds - travellers' tales from teaching and learning”.  Conferences are meeting places. We come from various parts of the world, different kinds of institutions, varying disciplinary backgrounds. We exchange ideas, experiences, and the conference is very much a place for the telling of tales. These tales reveal different aspects of us, our practice, our students, our disciplines, and the educational context in which we work.


  1. Panel session on Thursday: Diversity in the Accounting Arena, with reflections from a broad range of panel members:
    • Jane O’Rourke (CIMA),
    • Clive Webb (ACCA),
    • Shaun Robertson (ICAEW),
    • Nigel Garrow (CPA Australia)
    • Kathleen De Brabander (Deloitte Belgium). 


Workshops on active learning in accounting on Thursday:

(1) Guidelines for Designing Your Data Analytics Course (Guido Geerts and Gail Hoover King), covering some best practices on designing a data analytics course. 

(2) Playing Monopoly (Patricia Everaert). In this interactive workshop, we show how the Chance and Community Chest cards, and some of the rules, can be easily adapted, to use the game in teaching financial accounting. 

(3) Lego Redesign Game (Evelien Opdecam & Machteld Hebbrecht)  By playing the Redesign Game with real Lego-bricks, participants will feel how the Redesign Game works.  Attending this session will provide some ideas on how to set up a similar game in your own teaching context.  

(4) Board games in Accounting! (Elke Minnaert & Laura Claeys).  Board games usually involve a series of simple and innovative game mechanics that together allow depth of play, requiring the players to think, plan and shift tactics in a competitive and pleasant environment. By using board games players can develop higher order thinking skills in an accounting context. In this workshop we present and discuss two board games (60 seconds and Guess who). 



Optional visit to the Mystic Lamb (Ghent) on Wednesday morning (9h30 till 11h30): more info here .

Guided city walk on Wednesday evening (20h00 till 21h30): more info here.

Conference dinner on Thursday (19h30).

Optional trip to Bruges (by train) on Friday afternoon: more info here.


The conference chairs: and

Submissions of papers for the conference: or




22/05: 9.30-11.30
Voluntary visit to the Mystic Lamb
22/05: 12.00-13.00
Lunch at conference venue (Het Pand)
22/05: 12.00-18.00
Paper presentations + keynote Prof. dr. Natalie Churyck
22/05: 20.00-21.30
Guided city walk in Ghent
23/05: 9.00-12.30
Paper presentations + keynote Prof. dr. Martin Valcke
23/05: 13.30-18.00
Active learning workshops + paper presentations + Panel on diversity
23/05: 19.30
Conference Dinner
24/05: 9.00-13.30
Paper presentations + Editors' panel on publication process + Keynote prof. dr. Ursula Lucas