Centre for Central Banking Studies

The Bank of England’s Centre for Central Banking Studies (CCBS) runs an extensive programme of events for central bankers and financial regulators from around the world.

Introduction to CCBS

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  • My name is John Power and I am the Director of the Bank’s Centre for Central Banking Studies. I am joined by Huw Pill, our recently appointed Chief Economist and today we are launching our international seminar programme for 2022. We’ll use the opportunity to reflect on this past (rather weird) year and set out our thinking for the future. We hope that by the end of our short message you will be sufficiently enthused to check out the rest of our website and sign up for our seminars.

    Getting into the detail, I have three messages for you.

    First, we continue to be open for business to central bankers and regulators from all over the world. As you know like everyone we have had to adapt our working model over the past 18 months. Here in CCBS our entire programme has moved to virtual. In our view that has proven transformational. For example, in September over 300 delegates registered for our event on climate scenario analysis and stress testing. Colleagues came from all four corners of the planet, with the countries present representing 80% of global carbon emissions. That was simply not possible in the old world. What’s more we’ve been able to make the material available to colleagues afterwards – allowing for further review and analysis.

    Now virtual delivery is not be all and end all – it’s harder to have a fireside discussion with colleagues – to build those all so important personal connections, or provide a lot of tailored individual support. We completely recognise this and we should offer some physical activities in the future. But we do think that virtual should become an important part of our operating model even after the pandemic subsides. It makes good sense from an inclusion perspective. And frankly climate change considerations demand it.

    For next year, I don’t have a particularly strong crystal ball with respect to the pandemic. So our conservative planning assumptions continue to be virtual, flipping to physical if circumstances allow and where it makes sense to do so for any particular event. Further out when we reach a new steady state we’re planning that that at least 50% of our programme will remain virtual.

    My second point is about our mission and purpose, and here, I want to reassure you that, despite the operational changes, our mission remains unchanged – in fact it’s as relevant now as it ever was: we want to equip central bankers and financial regulators with the expert skills needed to deal with the challenges our community faces. And unashamedly we do this to promote global, economic and financial stability as well as UK development objectives.

    So, in our programme you’ll continue to see a very broad offering across cutting-edge analytics; seminars on the current priorities and the hot topics that are high on our shared agenda, as well as more academically oriented research conferences at the frontier of our thinking. In the detail we’re thinking hard about things like how we analyse data using free-to-use software applications such as R; developments in central banks’ balances sheets in the new normal; the risks from the non‐bank financial sector – how we assess and manage them; the use of fintech in the world of payments supervision and regulation, new tools used in financial regulation. I could go on but the bottom line is that there is something here for everyone – importantly pitched at the expert rather than the introductory level.

    Third, we are super keen to be informed by your views and frankly to be challenged by them. We are hugely grateful to our international speakers over the year for giving up their time so generously. My key message for you is that if you want to participate – particularly in our current priorities suite – please do let us know if you have an idea or an experience that you think our community should know about. Do not be shy on this front! This speaks to a wider aim we’ve got for CCBS to be a beacon for diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

    Huw will speak more about this. Before I hand over to him, if you are interested in getting up to speed on central banking and financial regulation in a structured and comprehensive way, the Bank of England and Warwick Business School’s online master’s qualification in global central banking and financial regulation is also open for business. Many of our own people go through this programme. All the details are available on our website.
    Huw welcome to the Bank and CCBS and over to you.

    Thanks John. My name is Huw Pill, and I have recently been appointed to the role of Chief Economist here at the Bank of England. One of the great pleasures of that role is working with John and his colleagues at the Centre for Central Banking Studies. For more than three decades the CCBS has been at the forefront of developing, sharing and spreading cutting-edge research and analysis of central bank issues. I have been fortunate enough both to have been a contributor to the courses and activities of CCBS but also from the other side been a participant in some of those activities and workshops and both sides that has been a tremendous motivation and reward for me. I’ve learnt a lot and have been able to build up relationships with lots of people in the central banking world. 

    The span of the centre’s activities continues to start from traditional areas in monetary policy and financial stability but has been extended broadly into regulatory and supervisory questions and now into the many new challenges that central banks are facing. We have got a lot of issues around technology and we have done work on central bank digital currencies, climate is of course becoming a more and more important question as I think John’s comments revealed and we are going to do more and more work on diversity and inclusion. 

    We hope that the CCBS can be a locus of that activity not only because we have important things to develop and learn from others in that space but also because pushing the boundaries of thinking about central banking requires the diversity of experience and the inclusivity of learning from others that those type of issues bring to bear. And that is reflective of the fact that the last decade or so has presented many challenges to the central banking community, the global financial crisis of course but more recently the response to the Covid pandemic. 

    Meeting those challenges has required leadership and in particular, intellectual leadership, and that is where CCBS has, is and will continue to be at the cutting edge and play a leading role. In doing that we certainly have lots to offer but we also have a lot to learn. I think we can especially learn from the experiences of other central banks. The experiences of you in essence. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you here in the coming year. So I hope with that in mind that in the course of the next few months I will see you either virtually or hopefully as the months precede even in person at the CCBS. I can certainly recommend the activities to you and I look forward to welcoming you in 2022.

CCBS mission and approach

High-level mission and strategy

Our Centre was established in 1990 and is one of the oldest providers of international central banking technical co-operation and assistance.

Our mission is to equip central bankers and financial regulators – both in the UK and across the globe – with the frontier skills and expert knowledge they need to tackle the challenges they face.

We do this to promote global and UK economic stability, as well as to support wider international development objectives. Our ambition to be at the frontier of global central banking also directly supports the Bank of England’s international mission.

Working with our colleagues across the Bank of England, we achieve this through:

  1. Our programme of international seminars and conferences for central bankers and regulators from all over the world. These cover a blend of:
    • novel and emerging areas which are high on the international central banking policy, operational and research agendas;
    • the best in class toolkits, techniques and approaches used in modern central banking; and
    • thematic and traditional areas of central banking – where we believe we can help build skills through the sharing of our experience.
  2. Our programme of technical co-operation and training with specific central banks in emerging Africa and Asia. This programme has been developed through our partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
  3. Conducting our own analytical work and research to push the knowledge frontier and showcasing that internationally.
  4. We also support the Bank’s wider internal and external skill-building activities, most notably, the post-graduate qualifications in global central banking and financial regulation developed with Warwick Business School.

Our approach to international seminars and workshops

Our international seminars and workshops are for central bankers and financial regulators only and are directed at experienced professionals. This approach allows us to promote open and frank debate among our community. Most are open to central bankers and regulators from all over the world. Some, however, are by invitation only. Our research and analytics focused conferences are also open to the academic community.

They tend to be pitched at the cutting-edge of central banking and financial regulation. And in all our work we endeavour to promote best practice.

They are practitioner focused, drawing on our own experience, those from other countries as well as in some cases experts from academia and other organisations. Our format is usually a mixture of lectures, discussions, case studies and exercises.

We promote diversity in all its forms. We offer an inclusive environment and actively encourage the sharing of experience. We are keen to learn from the rest of the world and challenge our own thinking, particularly in our policy seminars.

Moreover, we strongly encourage diverse participation in terms of race; gender; sexual orientation; disability; religion as well as local minorities in your home countries. We politely ask decision-makers to bear this in mind when nominating candidates.

All our international seminars and workshops are free of charge.

In person and virtual seminars in 2024

Most of our seminars continue to be offered on a virtual-only basis. This reflects financial and carbon considerations. It also allows for greater participation from colleagues across our central banking and regulatory community. We recognise, however, that some activities benefit from in person presence, in order to establish networks and contacts, particularly for high-level and research events. So as indicated in the programme, we will be running some of these physically in London.

Your views

We wish to understand better those areas where you would like to hear from the Bank of England. This will help inform the content of our current programme as well as help develop our future work. We are also keen to hear your views on whether our programmes should be run physically or virtually. Please complete our survey to have your say.

Virtual seminars in 2024 by date

Date

Subject

6–8 February 2024

R for econometrics

12–14 March 2024

Applied Bayesian econometrics

18–19 April 2024

Innovation in payments systems and technology

20–21 May 2024

New evidence on the monetary transmission mechanism workshop

22 May 2024

Chief Economists’ Workshop*

6–7 June 2024

5th Workshop on household finance and housing

12 June 2024

International – The approach of financial services regulators to an evolving trade policy landscape

3 July 2024

Making markets more resilient*

16–18 July 2024

Central counterparty (CCP) supervisory stress testing – a regulatory perspective

23–24 July 2024

Workshop for Heads of banking supervision*

TBC

Building public trust and engaging with the public; communicating in a crisis

Footnotes

  • *Invitation-only events.

Virtual seminars

Cutting-edge analytics and toolkits


R for econometrics

6–8 February 2024

Event Director:
Andrew Blake

Open-source statistical software continues to grow both in importance and capability. R, one such statistical language, is an attractive platform for the central bank econometrician to use. Standard econometric methods – and many advanced ones – are readily available, with a growing list of leading practitioners creating libraries and packages. R can now feasibly replace a dedicated package as a primary econometric tool, with access to an impressive array of contemporary methods.

This event shows the power of R to do econometric analysis, leveraging the tools of the tidyverse to manipulate and visualise data effectively, using the programming language itself together with powerful, expert-authored R packages to create models for both time series and cross-sectional data. This includes building and testing classical regression models, covering topics such as clustering standard errors for cross sectional inference, stationarity testing for time series and applications of quantile regression. Bayesian estimation through both Gibbs Sampling and the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm is illustrated, with examples using transparent code as well as exploring dedicated packages.

Target group:
Applied economists in any area of a central bank/regulatory authority that use econometric methods to routinely analyse data and want to investigate how R can help them in this task. We cover the use of R from data manipulation, through standard (and some non-standard) econometric analysis to report writing in an integrated environment. Some knowledge of R is a prerequisite, and a familiarity with the tools of the tidyverse will further aid understanding.

Applied Bayesian econometrics

12–14 March 2024

Event Director:
Andrew Blake

This long-running CCBS seminar introduces participants to Bayesian thinking and some of the techniques frequently used in Bayesian econometrics. Bayesian methods are extremely useful for modelling and forecasting, particularly in central banks faced with either limited data or potential structural change. The event provides an overview of the theory, developing it from standard linear regression, through to practical implementation with computer-based exercises in MATLAB. Topics include understanding Gibbs sampling and the Metropolis Hastings algorithm, with applications such as the Bayesian estimation of time-varying parameter models, VARs and DSGE models.

Target group:
This seminar is aimed at economists working in the monetary policy, financial stability and research departments of central banks and regulatory authorities. They should have experience of classical econometrics (eg OLS, MLE) and be keen to understand Bayesian thinking. A knowledge of MATLAB programming is essential for this course, as is access to MATLAB on your own computer.

Current priorities and topical issues in central banking and financial regulation


Innovation in payments systems and technology

18–19 April 2024

Event Director:
Matthew Pegg

The advancing digitisation of economies is creating opportunities for innovation in payments. Technological developments and regulatory initiatives have opened up the sector to competition, with new institutions and new business models emerging and changing the shape and length of traditional payment chains.

Regulators globally are implementing a road-map for enhancing cross-border payments. Central banks are refreshing their own infrastructure and, while doing so, are making the most of the opportunity to increase resilience, interoperability and access.

Many central banks are researching, piloting or have launched central bank digital currencies, as a form of trusted money in an increasingly digital world. Authorities are also considering challenges and risks for public policy, oversight and regulation posed by stablecoins.

Target group:
Participants should have some expertise in payment systems with a particular focus on innovation in payments as it relates to central banking and regulation. The event will likely require participation from delegates. We welcome offers from colleagues to present on payments innovation in your organisation.

International – The approach of financial services regulators to an evolving trade policy landscape

12 June 2024

Event Directors:
Himali Hettihewa and Robert Miller

The Bank of England’s International Directorate is hosting a technical workshop which aims to build on discussions initiated in 2022 around the engagement of central banks and financial services regulators in the negotiation of international trade agreements. This workshop will conduct an exploration into topical questions in financial services (FS) trade. Further detail to follow, but themes currently under consideration include how central banks can harness digital trade developments and ensure ‘safe’ liberalisation in financial services.  

The focus will be on engaging a group of specialists with technical expertise in matters of international trade and exchanging views on a range of topic issues.

Target group:
As this is intended to be an interactive technical workshop, we welcome expressions of interest from central bankers and financial regulators who have contributed to the development of trade agreements and have deep expertise in FS trade policy.

Making markets more resilient

3 July 2024

Event Director:
Christine Jayaseelan

There have been serious threats to financial stability from outside the core banking system and occurring in financial markets in recent years: the strains that emerged in US repo markets in 2019, the 2020 ‘dash for cash’, the failure of Archegos in 2021, the near-collapse of commodity market functioning in Spring 2022 and the UK’s liability-driven investment (LDI) fund crisis later that same year.

While the triggers for several of these events were highly unusual, the risks posed by non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) to financial stability are on a growing trend. NBFIs have become increasingly important players in the core markets that lie at the heart of the economic and financial system. But the intermediation capacity in these markets, particularly from dealer banks, has failed to keep pace with their burgeoning size and struggles to meet the consequent demand for liquidity, particularly at times of stress.

This event aims to discuss issues around making financial markets more resilient, including NBFI’s leverage and resilience, market structure changes that could make markets more resilient, liquidity provision by NBFIs, NBFI’s trading behaviour and financial stability.

Target group
Participants should be actively working on these topics in their organisations, whether in research, policy or market-facing roles. The aim of the event is to encourage debate and discussion and to share thinking and approaches. Participants should be ready to participate actively in the discussions.

Please be aware that we are not accepting applications for this event at this time while a decision is made regarding whether the event will be invitation only or open to all. We will update with further details as soon as possible.

Central counterparty (CCP) supervisory stress testing – a regulatory perspective

16–18 July 2024

Event Directors:
Krzysztof Drenda, Sarah Venables and Michael Smart

CCPs lie at the heart of the global financial system and are crucial to efficient functioning of financial markets and the wider economy. Resilience of CCPs to severe shocks is important to CCPs themselves, their clearing members and clients, and global financial markets. Supervisory stress testing has become an important tool for regulators in assessing CCPs’ resilience and has seen great progress in recent years in terms of coverage, methodology innovation and international co-operation and knowledge sharing.

The workshop will bring together experts and supervisors from across central banks and regulators to explore CCP supervisory stress testing and share lessons and experiences. You will gain insight from a strategic perspective as well as practical technical knowledge. You will learn about the full life-cycle of a CCP supervisory stress test from the design stage, through data collection and validation, the calculation process, to interpretation and publishing of results. The workshop will include an open discussion on what CCP stress testing results really tell us and how to apply findings to wider supervisory and policymaking activities, as well as how it can help understand interdependencies in the financial system and CCPs’ impact on other entities. It will also cover the potential for increasing international co-operation and exciting options for the future.

Target group:
The event is aimed at central bankers and regulators with an interest or responsibility for supervising, monitoring, assessing, identifying or mitigating risks related to central counterparties; supervisory stress testing of financial services firms; or development of relevant policies on supervisory stress testing or risk management. It is not only open to expert practitioners, but also to regulators who may be interested in learning more about the role supervisory stress testing can play as a regulatory tool. We welcome offers from participants to share their experiences.

Building public trust and engaging with the public: communicating in a crisis

Date TBC

Event Directors:
Céline Gondat-Larralde and Rhiannon Sowerbutts

A high level of public trust is fundamental for central banks to deliver on their mandates. Stating that we are trustworthy is not enough – central banks have to demonstrate it. But building public trust is challenging. Clear and robust governance processes, as well as accountability frameworks can help to build trust, as can clear communications and transparent explanations of policy decisions, and engaging with the media. Relating to and engaging with the public is important – but central bankers can often be seen as out of touch. If building public trust is challenging – rebuilding it after it has been lost is even more so.

In these times of economic and financial uncertainty central banks are coming under particular scrutiny. This can be both a challenge and an opportunity. This event aims to explore and discuss how we can build public trust, engage with the public and communicate – in particular during times of stress.

There will be a complementary, invite-only, event following it to discuss communication in a crisis – when public trust is particularly salient.

Target audience:
The target audience is anyone involved in building the reputation of a central bank or regulator, these are most likely practitioners working in communications and external engagement parts of their institution. The event will require participation and discussion from delegates and we welcome offers to speak about your institution’s experience.

Research and analytics-focused conferences


New evidence on the monetary transmission mechanism workshop

Date: 20–21 May 2024

Event Directors:
Andrew Blake, Angus Foulis and Jagdish Tripathy

Successful monetary policy has become more challenging in recent years as the world economy has been subjected to unprecedented events. Central banks need to reconsider how best to achieve their targets in markedly changed circumstances. This workshop will bring together leading researchers and policymakers to discuss frontier empirical research on the transmission mechanism of monetary policy and consider it might impact on policy choices in the light of competing objectives.

This event will be held in person.

5th Workshop on household finance and housing

6–7 June 2024

Event Directors:
Angus Foulis and Jagdish Tripathy

This workshop will bring together leading researchers to present frontier empirical and theoretical work related to the Bank of England Agenda for Research in the broad fields of household finance and housing. It follows on from successful workshops and is jointly organised with Imperial College Business School.

Target group:
Academics, central bank economists and financial regulators in the areas of household finance and housing are welcome to attend. Papers included in the programme are by invitation.

This event will be held in person.

Application and practical information

Full details of our web-based electronic application process can be found in our How to apply documentation.

View forthcoming CCBS events

Apply to attend an event

Please firstly register to attend our events using your organisation’s official email address:

Once registered, you can apply for an event, monitor the progress of your application and apply for other CCBS events too.

If you need further information or assistance, please email the CCBS Administration Team at:

MS Teams

Our virtual events are conducted via MS Teams. A joining link will be sent for all MS Teams events. Further details of how to join the Webinar can be found in our MS Teams documentation.

Administrative information

Costs

The Bank of England makes no charge for participation; our virtual seminars are free to attend.

If attending an in-person event, we provide lunch and refreshments. Participants and their central banks/regulatory authorities are responsible for their own travel expenses, accommodation and other daily living costs. Please note that CCBS does not arrange transfers to and from airports.

Online portal

Successful applicants will gain access to the online portal for their chosen event(s), where they can download the event programme and access other relevant event materials.

To access event material via the online portal please sign-in using your official email address and password. Navigate to ‘My applications’ and once there, please click on the event and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the event material.

Recordings and presentations

Participants will be notified if the webinar they are attending is being recorded and whether materials/presentations will be shared with them. If so, they will be informed when they are available and will be able to access via the online portal (please follow the instructions above).

Resources

CCBS produces various publications with the aim of presenting particular topics which concern central banks and regulatory authorities in a concise, balanced and accessible manner and in a practical context.

This page was last updated 21 February 2024