Discover the programme of the 2023 Scientific Beta Days Europe

November 14 and 15, 2023 (Amsterdam) - "Robust Innovations in Passive Investing"

Two EDHEC Researchers will take part in this event : Frédéric Ducoulombier (EDHEC-Risk Climate) and Riccardo Rebonato (EDHEC, EDHEC-Risk Climate).

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30 Oct 2023
Scientific Beta Days Europe 2023

The conference Scientific Beta Days Europe 2023, entitled "Robust Innovations in Passive Investing", has a federating theme of how to innovate in passive investment strategies without forgetting the fundamentals forming the robustness of the value propositions. It is organised by Scientific Beta within the framework of EDHEC Business School.



This event takes place at the Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam in November 14 & 15, 2023.

It is reserved for asset owners and institutional consultants upon receipt of an invitation. Admission is only valid when confirmed by the organisers, to preserve the diversity of the audience. Asset owners include: pension schemes, charities, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, single family offices and financial executives from nonfinancial companies.

Should you have any questions, please write to [email protected]




14 November - The Fundamentals of Factor Investing Innovation

The objective of this first day is to allow participants to be able to analyse the limitations and challenges of constructing factor strategies. It will not only involve evaluating the usefulness of recent innovations in the area of factor investing but will also provide new avenues for constructing efficient and robust strategies.


(10 am - 11.40 am) The Importance of Robustness in Factor Choice and Construction

  • Fake factors are everywhere
  • The limitations of in-sample factor optimisation: the case of multicriteria factor construction


(12 pm - 4 pm) Revisiting Diversification

  • Beyond the diversification of idiosyncratic risk
  • How to reconcile diversification and maintain strong factor intensity: the case of sector neutrality
  • Climate transition risk in multi-factor portfolios


(4.30 pm - 5.30 pm) Roundtable: Future Trends for Quant investing


15 November - Being Serious with Sustainable Investing

This day will provide a genuinely critical state of the art of the data, concepts, and techniques in the area of sustainable investing. It will also outline the prospects for better evaluation of the financial consequences of climate change.


(9 am - 10.40 am) Take a Small Step Back on the Performance of ESG

  • The false alphas of the research into the performance of ESG
  • Sustainability alpha in the real world: evidence from exchange-traded funds


(11 am - 3 pm) What data to Construct Sustainable Investment Strategies?

  • Does climate data meet the challenge of the climate transition?

> Limitations of the climate performance indicators promoted by the regulator

> What value to attribute to climate alignment data

> What are the expected innovations in the area of climate impact data?

Q&A session with audience

Chair: Rasmus Bessing, Managing Director, COO, PFA

Speaker: Frédéric Ducoulombier, Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

Panelists: Julien Grolee, Programme Manager, IIGCC - Dr. Bernd Spendig, Head of ESG - Client Risk Management, HypoVereinsbank, Unicredit - Jakob Thomä, Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

  • Can we trust ESG scores to construct portfolios?
  • Must we choose between ESG and climate objectives?


(3.30 pm - 5 pm) The Challenges in Measuring Climate Risk

  • Beyond climate risk scenarios

> What is the state of the art in climate risk modelling?

> What are the limitations of the climate scenarios used in calculating extreme climate risks?
> How to take account of uncertainty in the economic climate calculation?
> Initial results of the EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute research on evaluating the impact of climate change on asset prices

Q&A session with audience

Chair: Frédéric Ducoulombier, Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

Speaker: Riccardo Rebonato, EDHEC Professor, Scientific Director EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute


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