Resources for academics

Why we work with academics

The IFRS Foundation believes that academics are important partners in our work to develop and promote the adoption and consistent application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS Standards). The relationship brings benefits to both parties.

The IFRS Foundation benefits from engagement with academics and other researchers in a number of ways:

  • High-quality teaching of IFRS Standards   
    • Creates a better understanding of accounting in future leaders of commerce and industry;
    • Leads to better-trained future accountants and consistent application of IFRS Standards; and
    • Supports transition to IFRS Standards in the future in countries yet to adopt.
  • High-quality research of IFRS Standards
    • Increases understanding of the role of IFRS standards in a local and international context; and
    • Influences the development of future and current standards by providing evidence.

Academics and other researchers benefit from engagement with the IFRS Foundation in a number of ways:

  • The availability of board materials on all International Accounting Standards Board (Board) projects;
  • Access to high-quality application resources which include webcasts and podcasts by IASB staff, Board member articles etc on the project web pages;
  • Opportunities to bring students to the IFRS Foundation; and
  • Board input into research through specific events and programmes.

How we work with academics

The IFRS Foundation has a range of specific activities designed to engage with academics, including:

IFRS Teaching sessions

Regional half-day IFRS teaching sessions in cooperation with regional academic accounting associations and others to assist IFRS teachers to implement framework-based teaching. The sessions also aim to encourage teaching that develops in students the ability to make the judgements that are necessary to apply principle-based accounting standards.

IFRS for SMEs Train the Trainers workshops

Regional 'train the trainers' workshops, in cooperation with regional professional associations and the world's development agencies. These workshops are part of our programme to build capacity for the implementation of the IFRS for SMEs Standard, particularly in developing and emerging economies. 

IASB Research Forum

The Board holds an annual research forum in conjunction with an academic journal. Find out more about the 2019 Research Forum.

Post-implementation Reviews (PIR)

The Board carries out a PIR of each new IFRS Standard or major amendment, generally 30-36 months after companies are first required to apply it. As part of that review, the Board often requests an academic literature review. Find out more about PIRs.

Collaboration on research conferences

We present on IFRS Standards, for example at the European Accounting Association, the American Accounting Association and the African Accounting and Finance Association Conference.

For all events please go to our events calendar and filter by event type (workshop or conference).

If you are an academic and would like to engage with us on any of the points listed above, please contact the Technical Staff. Please note that we are only able to respond to enquiries on these specific issues—we cannot give information about IFRS training courses globally, or answer technical accounting questions.

IFRS Foundation resources for academics

The following is a summary of resources that may be useful to academics:

Teaching resources

  • eIFRS: Provides online access to IFRS Standards and interpretations in multiple languages, dating back to 2001
  • Our shop: A 20% discount is available on all eligible products to full-time university students and professors

Research resources

  • Research in accounting: Board members Ann Tarca and Darrel Scott present a paper on how to contribute to our work
  • IFRS Research Centre: The IFRS Research Centre provides information to support research of interest to the Board

The IFRS Foundation website provides a wealth of resources to academics. In this video, IASB member Ann Tarca speaks with Technical staff member Matt Tilling about academic research and how academics can contribute to the work of the International Accounting Standards Board.


We recommend that academics, particularly those teaching the standards, familiarise themselves with the following sections:

  • Work plan: Describes the status of projects being worked on by the IASB and provides a way to access specific project pages
  • Around the world: Detailed information about use of IFRS Standards by around 150 jurisdictions
  • IFRS for SMEs Standard: Training material to support the application of the IFRS for SMEs Standard
  • Dashboard: Provides website users with the ability to receive updates and alerts about specific projects and themes
  • Supporting consistent application: Resources and materials to support the consistent application of IFRS Standards

Latest news

Covid-19 update

Due to the continued pandemic our student visits will be virtual meetings only for the foreseeable future. When safe to do so we will consider a mixed format of virtual and in-person visits.

Student visits to the IFRS Foundation

The IFRS Foundation is pleased to host a limited number of prearranged visits by university student groups that are studying IFRS Standards. These visits consist of an interactive two-hour session with a member of the International Accounting Standards Board (Board) and a member of the technical staff on the structure of the IFRS Foundation, the Board’s work, current projects and technical matters, as well as time for questions. The sessions often involve multiple universities, so students can also engage with and hear the perspectives of other students from around the world.

These visits are free of charge and take place at specified times, allocated on a first-come first-served basis. However, if the pre-determined dates are not feasible, please still contact us with potential alternative times. Although we offer no guarantees, if there is sufficient demand, we may be able to move one of these pre-determined dates or open another session.

The dates and times for 2020 and 2021 visits are as follows (all times are in London time zone):

2020 2021 
10:00–12:00 Thursday 9 January 09:00–11:00 Thursday 7 January
10:00–12:00 Wednesday 15 January 14:00–16:00 Wednesday 20 January
14:00–16:00 Monday 20 January 09:00–12:00 Friday 29 January
10:00–12:00 Thursday 20 February 10:00–12:00 Monday 22 February
14:00–16:00 Monday 9 March 10:00–12:00 Tuesday 9 March
14:00–16:00 Wednesday 25 March 14:00–16:00 Monday 29 March
10:00–12:00 Monday 15 June
10:00–16:00 Thursday 6 May
10:00–12:00 Tuesday 20 October
14:00–16:00 Tuesday 11 May
 13:00–15:00 Thursday 12 November 15:00–17:00 Thursday 20 May
  10:00–12:00 Tuesday 15 June
  13:00–15:00 Wednesday 30 June
  10:00–12:00 Thursday 21 October

To request a student visit kindly email and provide the following information:

  1. Name of educational institution
  2. Which session you would like to attend
  3. Number of students attending the visit

Requests for visits must be received at least one month before the date of the proposed visit.

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