Welcome to the European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society and the European Job Market 2020 Virtual!

As the local organiser, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you, also on behalf of the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham. My colleagues and I would have loved to welcome you personally and show you around our beautiful campus; as you all know, the circumstances have dictated otherwise. No doubt, there will be plenty of opportunities in the future for us to have you here at Nottingham.

We are very proud of our heritage in the field of econometrics, which started with no less than Sir Clive Granger. The legacy of Professor Granger is visible throughout our campus, from the building which hosts the Schools of Economics and Geography, to the research centre named after him which I direct. It is therefore very befitting that a meeting of the Econometric Society should take place here at the University of Nottingham.

I really look forward to this conference, which promises to be great, and the European Job Market.  I wish to congratulate the Scientific Committee of the EWMES, chaired by Professor Sanjeev Goyal, for putting together such a high quality event. Indeed, the quality of a conference comes from its scientific contributions, and therefore, above all, I wish to congratulate all of you.

I am very grateful, in organising this event, for all the support I received. First and foremost, I wish to thank Gemma Prunner-Thomas, whose hard work has made all this possible, going well beyond the call of duty. I am also indebted to the students from Erasmus University Rotterdam and from the University of Nottingham, for their assistance with the virtual room management. 

Last, but definitely not least, I would like to offer a thought to the candidates attending. Many of you will be looking, in these turbulent times, for a successful start in your career. I would like to offer you my best wishes for the bright future which you deserve.

That's all from me. I hope you will enjoy this conference / job market; I am sure I will.

Lorenzo Trapani, University of Nottingham