Emergency savings summit

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
Location: YouTube (Live stream)

In this brand-new event, dedicated to workplace emergency saving, we shared insights from our research programmes and brought together employers, academics, industry and policymakers to discuss and debate:

  • What works in encouraging participation from employees?
  • What barriers to implementing workplace emergency savings programmes exist for employers, and for providers? And how could these be surmounted?
  • What are the measures of success for emergency savings schemes, beyond take-up?
  • What can we learn from international examples?
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13.00 – 13.15 | Watch Session

The Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman MP, delivered a welcoming speech at our Emergency savings summit.


  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Guy Opperman MP

1:15pm – 2:25pm | Watch session

This panel brought together evidence from existing research and real-world case studies to illuminate the challenges and opportunities to support employees who are offered workplace savings into taking part.


  • Moderator: Gemma Gooch, BlackRock Social Impact
  • Tim Flacke, Commonwealth (US)
  • Roxana Prisacaru, Money and Pensions Service
  • Jo Phillips, Nest Insight
  • Michelle Sutton, SUEZ
  • Ian Hodson, University of Lincoln

2:45pm – 3:40pm | Watch session

This panel discussed employers’ and providers’ perceptions around workplace saving, including opt-out models, and the challenges to scalability.


  • Moderator: Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Katie Duxbury, Bupa
  • Lauren Langton, incuto
  • Asesh Sarkar, Salary Finance

4pm – 4:15pm | Watch session


  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Sarah Melvin, BlackRock UK

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Past events

Can responsible investment communications engage pension members more effectively than standard approaches?

Date and time: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 2-3pm (GMT)
Registration now closed. 

In this launch event for our new report, we shared real-world findings from our research programme supported by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)


  • Moderator: Will Sandbrook, Executive Director of Nest Insight
  • Stuart Murphy, Head of DC Client Management at LGIM
  • Jo Phillips, Director of Research and Innovation at Nest Insight
  • Helen Cane-Hardy, Content Strategist at Tumelo
  • Geoff Tookey, Head of Pensions and Risk Benefits at Virgin Media O2
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Nest Insight annual conference 2021

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Location: YouTube (Live stream)

This year, for the first time ever, we live-streamed sessions from our annual conference, Nest Insight 2021. Watch this video playback to hear about the latest research and saving solutions being tested by experts working towards long-term financial security for low-and moderate-income workers. Our fifth annual conference brought together academics, industry and policy makers to discuss the current state of retirement saving in the UK, and look at what solutions could support savers through the challenges of the last year, to help them build financial resilience now, and in later life.

10:30 – 11:30am | Watch session

The Covid-19 crisis has had an impact on people’s work, incomes and costs of living. These effects have been unevenly distributed: some people have found themselves becoming ‘accidental savers’, spending less on commuting and going out but still working, and therefore ending up able to save more than in the past. Others have faced significant reductions in their income and have had to spend down savings or borrow to make ends meet.

This panel will assess the current ‘state of the nation’, what we’ve learned from the crisis, and what it means for how we support people to build, or rebuild, financial resilience in the years to come.


  • Moderator: Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Tom Clarkson, Blue Marble Research
  • Sarah Porretta, Money & Pensions Service
  • Jesal D. Sheth, University of Nottingham and Nest Insight

12pm – 1pm | Watch session

People’s capacity to save for retirement, and the choices they have about how to use those savings when they retire, are a function of their overall financial wellbeing. As an industry, we should therefore be interested in how to support pension savers in building overall financial resilience and health to give them the best possible platform for their retirement saving.

This panel explores the evidence for the link between short- and longer-term financial health, before going on to discuss innovations in the financial wellbeing sector, including Nest Insight’s own work on workplace emergency saving.


  • Moderator: Gavin Lewis, BlackRock
  • Ben Murphy, Atos
  • Jo Phillips, Nest Insight
  • Ellie Suh, University of Oxford and LSE

2pm – 2:45pm 

Katy Milkman is the James G. Dinan Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, host of Charles Schwab’s popular behavioural economics podcast Choiceology, and the former president of the international Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

She is the co-founder and co-director of the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, a research centre with the mission of advancing the science of lasting behaviour change whose work is being chronicled by Freakonomics Radio. She recently published How to Change: The Science of Getting From Where You are to Where You Want to Be, already a bestseller and one of Amazon’s ‘best books so far of 2021’.


  • Keynote: Professor Katy Milkman, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

3pm – 4pm | Watch session

Almost all workers are now saving for their retirement, thanks to the automatic enrolment reforms. But as people approach retirement, they face a wide range of choices about what to do with those savings, and many will need support in making decisions. Providing this support in the right ways and at the right times, and engaging savers in the tools and advice that are on offer, are critical challenges for the industry and for employers.

This panel will explore the evidence for how people are currently making these decisions, before moving on to discuss what more can be done both in terms of research and by practitioners to make sure the right support is on offer and availed of.


  • Ellie Lugt, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Priya Khambhaita, NatCen
  • Matthew Blakstad, Nest Insight

Past events from 2021

In the past year, we’ve held several online events. Together with our partners and collaborators, we’ve shared and discussed early learnings from our sidecar savings trial, examined the impact of Covid-19 on low and moderate income savers, and sat down with Ida Rademacher, Vice-President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (Aspen FSP). If you missed any of these events, you can watch all of the recordings here.

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Autumn 2020 events

In autumn 2020, we held a number of online events to share and discuss the latest research findings from our sidecar savings trial, our programme of work on pension engagement, and our analysis into the impact of Covid-19 on self-employed people’s savings attitudes and behaviours. If you missed any of these events, you can watch all of the recordings here.

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Nest Insight online: summer 2020

In summer 2020, we held a series of online events to share knowledge, spark debate and focus on the way forward to support those most financially impacted by Covid-19. If you missed these events, you can watch the recordings here online.

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UK Pension Reforms (1997 – 2015) research launch

On the 5th February 2020, we held an event with the University of Bath and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) to launch our new research into why and how the UK Pension Reforms (1997 – 2015) were successfully implemented. Our project brought together the previously private recollections of key actors in the establishment and delivery of the reforms and shared them through a ground-breaking series of video interviews and a new report.

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DC Program 2019

In June 2019, Nest Insight partnered with the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (FSP) to deliver a two-day conference in Vancouver, Canada, bringing together leading experts from around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas on the major issues facing savers and best practice in responding to those issues.

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Nest Insight 2019

Our fourth annual Nest Insight conference brought together academics, policy makers and industry to dig beneath the headline data and explore how auto enrolment has affected people’s savings behaviours and wider financial lives, while questioning what lessons can be learned from comparable models around the world.

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Sidecar savings trial launch event

On Monday 12 November 2018, we officially launched our sidecar savings trial and announced which organisations are taking part in the research.

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Nest Insight 2018

Nest Insight’s annual conference 2018 brought together academics, policy makers and pension experts to explore the future challenges for the pensions industry and identify solutions that can be tested.

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Nest Insight 2017

The Nest Insight 2017 annual conference moved beyond the headlines to explore what longevity means for the ‘defined contribution generation’.

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