Conference Overview

The 1st Annual Conference of the World Accounting Frontiers Series (WAFS) will bring together accounting educators, researchers and professionals from all over the world. The WAFS 's purpose is to provide a forum to discuss scholarship on the frontiers of accounting, especially to air topics, views and findings that may be too radical, too controversial or too preliminary to present in more traditional conference settings. It is planned to host the 2nd WAFS in Melbourne in 2010.

The purpose of the series of conferences is to stimulate thoughts, research and exploration of the accounting issues at the frontiers of accounting knowledge and accounting practice. These issues include the process, content and effectiveness of global financial reporting standards,  fair value accounting and impairment, sustainability accounting, the changing roles and obligations of the professional accountant, adoption and effectiveness of activity based costing, human resources accounting, valuation of different types of risk, information overload and transparency, and developments in accounting literature. Each conference session will include two plenary speakers from the top ranks of accounting scholarship.

Papers are now invited for the First Conference in the series, to be held in the Conference Centre, University of Macau, Macau.


The 1st Annual Conference of the World Accounting Frontiers Series, which will be hosted by the university of Macau at its Conference Centre in 2009. The conference is organized by the World Accounting Frontiers Steering Group and Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau.

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at the Conference Centre of University of Macau, Macau, The newly opened conference centre is located in the main campus of the University of Macau, Taipa island. It consists of  a Culture centre and Three Auditoriums which can accommodate 600 and 120 audiences respectively. The centre consists of modern conference equipments and fully-covered by wireless internet overlooking the Pearl River estuary and commands impressive views of the Macau Peninsula, China, and the South China Sea. It is designed for multi-purpose functions and is also equipped with computer-controlled lighting and sound systems offering a venue for conferences, seminars and cultural events for both University activities and student activities.

Conference Topics

The conference will create an environment to network, exchange ideas, share knowledge and pursue other developmental opportunities with colleagues from Asia, Australia and around the world. The theme of the conference is ¡§Accounting Information: More or Less Relevant¡¨.  Papers may be submitted on any topic in accounting, auditing or governance but should be clearly situated at the frontiers of the field, so that most market studies and country specific papers will need to demonstrate that they are appropriate.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:

Feb 28, 2009

Notification to Authors:

March 31, 2009

Deadline for revised/final paper:

June 1, 2009

Payment Deadline:

June 1, 2009

Conference Registration Date:

July 15, 2009

Conference Dates:

July 16-17, 2009

Half-day tour:

July 18, 2009

About Macau

The Macau Special Administrative Region, commonly known as Macau or Macao is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the east and south. The territory has thriving industries such as textiles, electronics and toys, and a notable tourist industry that boasts a wide range of hotels, resorts, stadiums, restaurants and casinos. Macau was both the oldest and the last European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on December 20, 1999. Macau preserves many historical properties in the urban area. The Historic Centre of Macau, which includes some twenty-five historic monuments and public squares, was officially listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on July 15, 2005. Macau has grown rapidly after the liberalization of gaming industry after 2002, many new hotels, casino, resorts, restaurant has opened up especially in the Cotai Strip area. Please visit for details.