The eleventh European Auditing Research Network Symposium

The eleventh EARNet Symposium was held at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Netherlands on September 10th and 11th, 2021.

“Even though we could not come together in person, it was a great success, with more than 150 registrants. After a welcome by dean Arjen van Witteloostuijn, we started with an exciting keynote speech by Roger Dassen about a CFO’s thoughts about the auditor’s role. We enjoyed two capturing panel discussions during the conference. On day 1, Mark Babington, Agnes Koops-Aukes, Reiner Quick, and Jens Poll discussed their views on auditor independence; this panel was moderated by Philip Wallage. On day 2, we organized another panel jointly with the Foundation for Auditing Research, featuring the topic of ESG reporting and assurance and offering insightful contributions by Wim Bartels, Tjeerd Krumpelman, Jan Niewold, Brendan O’Dwyer, Shivaram Rajgopal, moderated by Jan Bouwens. 

You can find a recording of the keynote speech here:

A recording of the panel on ESG reporting and assurance is available here:

Speaker slides can be found at the conference website: (go to symposium program)

A big thank you to all the presenters, discussants, and chairs for creating a platform for lively discussions about ongoing research in auditing. Thank you also to the PhD workshop faculty (Monika Causholli, Jere Francis, Anna Gold, Kris Hardies, Robert Knechel, Justin Leiby, Linda Myers, Andrew Trotman, and Marleen Willekens) and the 25 PhD students that made the EARNet PhD workshop preceding the conference a great success!

Congratulations to the winners of the two best paper awards: Allen Blay, Bud Fennema, and Michelle McAllister, co-authors of “Trait professional skepticism: A precursor to more qualified auditing recruits?” and Joe Brazel, Anna Gold, Justin Leiby, and Tammie Schaefer, coauthors of “Can audit committee support improve auditors’ application of professional skepticism?”

We greatly appreciate the financial support by our sponsors, the Foundation for Auditing Research, Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants (NBA) and Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie.

Last but not least, we had excellent musical entertainment during the breaks by Duo Interplay ( (Jelske Hoogervorst and Folker Tettero). You can find the recordings here:

Dear EARNet friends, we hope to see you again at the next EARNet symposium in 2023 (location to be announced) or sooner, and hopefully in person!”

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