Theme for the EIFAS 2021: Mending the Future


The research symposium EIFAS 2021, brings together selected scholars on the topics of Impact Investing, Social Finance and Accounting for Sustainability to discuss their current research, interact and network, and exchange ideas through various formats. Exciting keynotes, panel discussions and round-table paper presentations, together with publication opportunities and high-calibre networking await you.

Topics for abstract proposals / academic paper submissions:

 1. Impact Investing: Actors, Metrics, Instruments

2. Sustainability Accounting: Frameworks and Standards, ESG Considerations, Mechanisms and Critique

3. Venture Financing of Clean and Green-Tech Entrepreneurs and Innovations

4. Green New Deal: Political or Economic Instrument, Policy Considerations

5. Ethical Considerations, for example on Justice, Fairness and Values in Capitalism and Society

6. Social Entrepreneurial activities and funding

7. General EIFAS 2020 Theme and Sustainable Development Goals

Date: 21.-22. October 2021

@ University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Steyr, Austria



Academic Lead


Hanken School of Economics

Middlesex University

ACRN Oxford

“Foundations, individual and group investors, public bodies as well as society at large have become increasingly interested and eager to finance and support innovative forms of doing business with a clear societal or environmental mission that are well embedded in all “three pillars” of sustainability (environmental, social and economic).”

Lehner, O. M. (2016). Routledge Handbook of Social and Sustainable Finance. Routledge: Oxford

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford

“Social impact accounting is different from financial accounting practice in terms of two key materiality issues: the uncertain nature of its material data and the empowering processes by which materiality is established.”

Nicholls, A. (2018). A general theory of social impact accounting: Materiality, uncertainty and empowerment. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship


Important Dates

May 20th

Submit your Abstract Proposal for Review

Decision by June 20th

July 10th

Register as Presenter

Oct 21, 8:00 AM GMT+2 – Oct 22, 5:00 PM GMT+2
Host: University of Applied Sciences,
Steyr, Austria

Scientific Comittee

Prof. Othmar M Lehner, Director ACRN Oxford Centre
Prof. Minna Martikainen, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Prof. Bonnie Buchanan, Surrey University, UK
DDr. Julia Puaschunder, The New School, New York, US
Prof. James Ming Chen, College of Law, Michigan State University, USA
Prof. Ahmed Marhfor, University of Quebec, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canada
Dr Michael Viehs, Oxford University and Hermes Investment Management, London,UK
Dr. Juha Kansikas, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Prof. Heimo Losbichler, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Dr. Elisabeth Menschl, Senior Lecturer in Research Philosophy and Ethics, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
Prof. Steven C Michael, University of Illinois, USA
Prof. Julia Mundy, Centre for Governance, Risk and Accountability, University of Greenwich, UK
Prof. Christiana Weber, University of Hannover, Germany
Dr. Yifat Reuveni, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Michael Dorff, Southwestern Law School, USA