Annual Conferences

2021 - Annual ACE conference in Barcelona

On the 18th and 19th of November 2021, the ACE (Association of Competition Economics) conference will take place in Barcelona, hosted by Massimo Motta at the Barcelona School of Economics.

The conference will be an in-person event.

The Keynote speech will be presented online by Jean Tirole.

You can find the final programme here.

The event will take place at the Ciutadella Campus, Ramon Trias Fargas, 25 - 27 in Barcelona.

For a list of nearby hotels offering special rates for ACE 2021, click here.

Covid safety measures:
(this section will regularly be updated with the most recent information available)

In order to attend the conference you need to have one of the following:
• A vaccination certificate which proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, at least three weeks prior to attendance at the conference.
• A negative PCR test result not more than 72 hours before the conference begins.

Due to unexpectedly high number of registrations, the maximum number of people that can participate to ACE Barcelona 2021 under COVID-safe conditions has been reached. Unfortunately for this reason and to ensure a safe environment for the participants, registrations are now closed. Please contact us for any urgents matters related to these circumstances. 

We expect the participants to comply with the safety measures and organizational rules in place at the time of the event.


Future Conferences

ACE is always looking for potential proposals to host its annual conference and aims to decide upon the venue at the annual conference at least one year in advance. Successful bids will need to demonstrate that they have suitable arrangements (including sponsorship) in place by then.  Typically ACE is hosted in universities and receives support from the economics departments, and/or local sponsors such as the competition authorities.

If you would like to host the ACE conference in a future year, please contact

For administrative questions in connection with the annual conferences, please contact the ACE Secretariat:


Previous conferences

2020 Annual ACE conference Virtual Edition


2019 Annual ACE conference in Copenhagen

The 17th Annual ACE conference took place at the Copenhagen Business School on 14 and 15 of November 2019.
Programme & Presentations  

2018 Annual ACE conference in Bologna

The 16th Annual ACE conference took place at the University of Bologna (Italy) from the 15th to the 16th of November 2018.
Address: Via Andreatta 8, Bologna 

Program & Presentations  

2017 annual ACE conference in Madrid

The 15th annual ACE conference took place in Madrid, Spain

Date: 16-17 November
Place: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Calle Madrid 126, 28903 Getafe, Spain

Program and presentations

ProgramACE Nov2017-final.pdf

2016 annual ACE conference in Amsterdam

The 14th annual ACE conference took place at the University of Amsterdam 17-18 November 2016 

Program and presentations

2015 annual ACE conference in Milan

The 13th annual ACE conference took place at the Bocconi University in Milan 27-28 November 2015 

Program and presentations

2014 annual ACE conference in Mannheim

The 12th annual ACE conference took place at the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI), University of Mannheim and ZEW, Mannheim 5-6 December, 2014. 

Program and presentations

2013 annual ACE conference in Brussels

The 11th annual ACE conference took place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels on 13th and 14th December, 2013.  

Program and presentations

2012 annual ACE conference in Paris

The 10th annual ACE conference took place at Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) in Paris on 25th and 26th October, 2012. 

Program and presentations

2011 annual ACE conference in Bergen

It took place on 17-18 November at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway.  

Program and presentations

2010 Annual Conference in Norwich

It took place on 11-12th of November at the ESRC Center for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK.    

Program and presentations

2009 Annual Conference in Berlin

It took place in Berlin at the ESMT European School of Management and Technology from Thursday 26 November till Friday 27 November.  

Program and presentations

2008 Annual Conference in Budapest

It took place in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest from Thursday 27 November till Friday 28 November. Program is available here:  

Program and presentations

2007 Annual conference in Toulouse

It took place at University of Toulouse from Thursday 29 November till Friday 30 November. You find information about the conference here: 

Program and presentations

2006 Annual Conference in Mannheim

It took place at ZEW at the University of Mannheim, November 30 - December 1. 

Program and presentations

2005 Annual Conference in Copenhagen

It took place at Centre for Industrial Economics in Copenhagen.  

Program and presentations

2004 Annual conference at the University of Siena

It took place at University of Siena, 2-3 december 2004.
Read about the conference  

2003 Annual Conference in Madrid

It took place at the Fundacion Rafael del Pino and IESE Business School in Madrid, November 20. 

Program and presentations