Insurance Data Science Conference

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

20 April 2020
20 April 2020Insurance Data science Conference Africa

IDSC – Africa: Postponed. Due to the escalating COVID19 situation, the organizing committee of the IDSC – Africa has been forced to postpone the conference to later this year. We had received quite a number of excellent submissions for talks that we hope will be presented on the new date. We are looking to target a revised date in October or November, by when we hope that the situation will have resolved itself. Once we have settled on this, we will let you know so that you will hopefully be able to join us for an inspiring and stimulating day! In the meantime, we will try to post content that is relevant to the conference theme on the website. Please look out for this in the next few weeks.

The first African instalment of the Insurance Data Science Conference (IDSC) is coming to Johannesburg on 20 April 2020. The international version has been held in European cities for the past 7 years and returns to London in 2020.

This one-day conference aims to bring together industry and academic experts from the fields of insurance, data science and computer science.

We are delighted to have Professor Mario Wüthrich (RiskLab, ETH Zürich) (via video link) and Marjorie Ngwenya (ALU School of Insurance, ex-President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries) as the keynote speakers.

IDSC Africa is hosted jointly by the Actuarial Society of South Africa, The University of the Witwatersrand and QED Actuaries and Consultants. The conference will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre. Registration will open in early 2020 and a call for papers will be issued at the beginning of December. The event is open to everyone who is interested in applications of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in insurance and actuarial science.

The website for the upcoming 2020 event in London can be found here:


  • Get together of leading experts from industry and academia,
  • Sharing of new ideas and applications,
  • Real life examples of data science in insurance

Key dates

  • 1st Insurance Data Science Conference – Africa
  • Monday, 20 April 2020
Call for Papers

The call for abstracts is now closed. The scientific committee is evaluating the abstracts and notifications will be sent to those who made a submission once a decision has been made.


The Actuarial Society of South Africa has kindly allowed the use of the ASSA embedded registration system.

ASSA Members: Registration is now as easy as logging into your member profile and selecting the event you wish to register for. Steps to register are in the linked document.

Log in and Register Here

Non-members: please follow this link to register on ASSA’s system as a non-member. We will then give you access to register for the event. The steps are detailed in the linked document.

Fees for the conference are:

–           ASSA members – R1 780.00

–           Non-ASSA members – R2 740.00


The conference is jointly organized by the Actuarial Society of South Africa, QED Actuaries and Consultants and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Scientific Committee
  • Mario Wüthrich (ETH Zurich)
  • Andreas Tsanakas ( Cass Business School, City, University of London)
  • Markus Gesmann (London)
  • Robert Maxwell (North-West University)
  • Nicolai von Rummell (QED Actuaries and Consultants)
  • Conrad Beyers (University of Pretoria)
  • Ronald Richman (QED Actuaries and Consultants)
  • Roseanne Harris (University of the Witwatersrand)


If you would like to sponsor the conference, please contact us using the form below

Contact us

To Contact The Organizers use this form.