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CEBRA is looking for a host of an additional secretariat

As indicated during the annual assembly on September 3rd, the Central Bank Research Association is looking for a central bank or academic institution to host a new secretariat. The envisioned solution is that CEBRA pays for the staff but the host supplies the office space, IT equipment, and ideally management. At current, depending on the wage level in the hosting country, CEBRA can guarantee a 50-100% FTE position. In the long run, the secretariat might employ two FTE positions.

CEBRA is and intends to remain a Swiss Association based in the Canton of Basel City. We have a small secretariat at the University of Basel, but face high costs and capacity constraints. We therefore want to expand with an additional secretariat.

The envisioned tasks of the new secretariat include:

– to organize our annual meeting (which takes place a at a leading university: 2019 at Columbia University, 2020 at LSE, 2021 at MIT Sloan)

– to maintain our contacts with central banks and academia

– to organize smaller research meetings (around 5 1-day workshops per year) 

– to handle billing (our financing is based exclusively on contributions from central banks, IFI’s and other government organizations)

– to maintain the webpage and email databases

The execution of these tasks require excellent command of English and experience in organizing scientific events and networks. Preference will be given to central banks.

The legal arrangement would depend on both Swiss laws and the local laws in the hosting institution. Ideally, the hosting institution would employ the staff, and CEBRA would reimburse the hosting institution for the occurred expenses. Alternatively, CEBRA may be able to employ the person directly (if the host resides within the European Economic Area), or a local subsidiary could be formed.

CEBRA will feature the hosting institution on its webpage and in various communications. Depending on the arrangement, CEBRA is also open to involving (a) delegate(s) from the hosting institution in its executive committee on a long-term basis (for example, in the role of Secretary General or Vice President).

Interested parties are encouraged to contact CEBRA president Raphael Auer (Raphael.auer @ this domain .org) informally. At this stage, no commitment from the potential host is needed, we are only looking for indications of interest. Communications will be shared with the Regional Chapter Heads Luc Laeven (Africa, Europe, and Middle East), Frank Packer (Asia-Pacific), and Mark Wynne (Americas), but will be treated as confidential otherwise.

As we need to start organizing the 2021 annual meeting soon, also the process of reviewing incoming expressions of interest will commence soon. A first review of all received indications of interest will be conducted on 19.09.2020. As long as no hosting institution has been confirmed, also later expression of interests will be taken into full consideration.

Program – Exchange Rates and Monetary Policy, October 1-2 2020 – Annual Meeting of CEBRA’s IFM Program

Access the program (pdf) here.

To register for the meeting, send an email to with the subject line “CEBRA IFM registration” before September 20, 2020. Please include your name, affiliation and email address. A link to the meeting will be sent a few days before the meeting.

2020 CEBRA's IFM Annual Meeting – Exchange Rates and Monetary Policy


CEBRA’s 2020 annual meeting will be held fully virtually via Cvent and Zoom from September 1st to 3rdPlease register here.

The meeting will commence on Tuesday, 01 Sept, 15.15 (London time) with a high-level policy discussion on Payment Systems and the Future of the International Monetary and Financial System. Minouche Shafik (LSE) will deliver welcome remarks and Hyun-Song Shin (BIS) the keynote. Gita Gopinath (IMF), Philip Lane (ECB), Ricardo Reis (LSE), Hélène Rey (LBS)and Andrès Velasco (LSE) will take part in a high-level panel. 

On Wednesday 02 Sept, from 10.50-19.50 & Thursday 03 Sept, from 11.00-19.30 (London time), the main conference takes place and features 36 contributed sessions and a poster sessions on a wide variety of policy-relevant topics, assembled from over high-quality 700 submission. 

On the afternoon of Wednesday September 2nd, Ben Broadbent (BoE) will deliver a keynote talk, and the Bank of England will further organize a high level policy panel chaired by Andrew Haldane (BoE) and including Viral Acharya (NYU Stern), Diane Coyle (Cambridge), Darrell Duffie (Stanford), and Andrès Velasco (LSE).

The scientific committee is chaired by Charlie Bean (LSE), Michael Kumhof (BoE), and Ricardo Reis (LSE).

The Public can access parts of the high level part of the meeting: Tuesday 1st September, 15:55 – 16:55p (London time)

Keynote Talk by Hyun Song Shin (BIS) The Economics of Distributed Ledger Technology youtube link (live from 15:55 on September 1st)

 Wednesday 2nd September, 15:30- 16:30 (London time

Keynote Speech: Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England youtube link (live from 15:30 on September 2nd)

Wednesday 2nd September, 16:30- 17:30 (London time)
High-level Panel by Bank of England: Future research agenda for central banks youtube link (life from 16:30 on September 2nd)

The full academic program can be accessed here

The registration fee is:

  • Free for active participants (session chairs, presenters, and discussants) and CEBRA’s officers         
  • Free for all staff affiliated with a central bank sponsoring the annual meeting         
  • UKP 5 for students and members of CEBRA         
  • UKP 70 for all others 

The number of registrations is limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.