Alexander Bechtel

2020 in review

To be honest, I am not sad that the year 2020 and with it hopefully soon also the global pandemic come to an end. It was not a particularly satisfactory year for me, but a very productive one. Over the weekend, I have taken stock of all articles, research papers, podcasts, webinars, panel discussions, etc. in which I was involved. I counted 54 publications/events. This is slightly more than one item per week. Below you find a list with links to some of the articles and event recordings.

There are already exciting projects in the pipeline for 2021. Stay tuned. I wish you a good start into the next year. Stay healthy!

The year in numbers

  • Published 2 academic working papers
  • Taught 2 trainings/courses
  • Visited 3 conferences
  • Wrote 7 articles/op-eds
  • Was a guest in 11 webinars/podcasts/etc.
  • Published 29 podcast episodes (Bitcoin, Fiat & Rock’n’Roll)

The year in detail (a selection)

Research: Future of Payments in a DLT-based Economy
Bechtel, Alexander; Ferreira, Agata; Gross, Jonas; Sandner, Philipp: The Future of Payments in a DLT-based European Economy: A Roadmap. 2020. [Link]
Research: Money in programmable applications
Deutsche Bundesbank: Money in programmable applications. 2020. [Link]
Comment: I contributed as participant of the working group on programmable money
Teaching: Master in Banking and Finance, University of St. Gallen
Video Lecture Series on Monetary Policy and Financial Markets [Link]
Crypto Assets Conference, Frankfurt
Talk: Programmable Money and Programmable Payments [Link]
Panel: Leveraging Blockchain Use Cases Through Programmable Money
Panel: Which Hurdles Still Exist for the Digital Programmable Euro to Go Live?  
Blocktrainer YouTube, online
Interview: Central Bank Digital Currencies [Link DE]
RBI Blockchain Night, online
Panel: Interoperability of Blockchains [Link]  
Bitkom, Webinar
Talk and Panel: Central Bank Digital Currencies [Link DE]  
Hanseatic Blockchain Institute, online
Talk: The Future of Money [Link DE]
Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, Berlin
Talk: The future of money – What is behind Bitcoin, Libra, CBDC, and Co.?
Panel: Digital payment systems of the future
Deutsche Bank Festival of Finance at SIBOS 2020, online
Panel: Central Bank Digital Currencies [Link]  
Digital Kompakt, Podcast
Interview: The Future of Currencies – Programmable Money [Link DE]
Bitcoin verstehen, Podcast
Interview: Bitcoin and Money [Link DE]  
2nd Crypto 49ers Bitcoin Bootcamp: Bitcoin and Monetary Policy, Hamburg
Talk: From QE to CBDC – The crazy world of monetary policy and how CBDC could change our life
Konsenes&Nonsens, Podcast
Panel: Do we need central banks? [Link DE]  
Payment&Banking 5pm Club, Webinar
Panel: Cryptocurrencies [Link]  
Blocktrainer YouTube, online
Interview: Monetary policy and Bitcoin [Link DE]  
Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Webinar
Panel: The Future of Money [Link]  
Bitbucks, Webinar
Panel: Bitcoin Basics [Link DE]
Einundzwanzig, Podcast
Interview: Unconventional Monetary Policy in the Euro Area [Link DE]

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