Every year, six leading researchers are invited to Sauder’s Summer Conference on Industrial Organization. “We mix young and seasoned stars,” says Professor Thomas Ross ahead of the conference’s 27th edition, which runs at the UBC Robson Square Campus from July 12 to 13.

Invitees are limited to 30 people at this small, workshop-style conference, hosted by the Phelps Centre for the Study of Government and Business. With speakers given more than an hour each to present their research, this allows them ample time to interact with the audience and discuss cutting-edge ideas.

This year’s speakers include Heski Bar-Isaac (University of Toronto), Meredith Fowlie (University of California, BerkleyBen Handel (University of California, Berkley), Kenneth Hendricks (University of Wisconsin), Leslie Marx (Duke University) and Massimo Motta (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

“Sauder is a place where research is very important and by hosting a research-oriented conference, such as this one, we’re getting a name for it,” says Ross, who’s looking forward to hearing new ideas to be honed and shared.