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Date: 16/11/2020 - 16/11/2020
Location: Online event



Savings banks as a hub for economic knowledge in the 20th century 

16 November 2020 | 11:00 AM CET​

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The European Savings and Retail Banking Group invites you to virtually join a Financial History webinar on the role of savings banks in the distribution of economic knowledge. Indeed, from their creation, savings banks in Europe have been active in the field of what we call now "Financial Education". Savings banks created the World Savings Day and edited journals and publications for children and youth. They created savings clubs and put in place systems for school savings. All these elements can certainly serve as a source of inspiration for 21st century initiatives.

The webinar will be led by Thomas Ruoss, author of the research paper "When Banking Met Education". Thomas is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chair of Vocational Education and Training, Institute of Education, University of Zurich​ and winner of the 2020 ESBG Savings Banks History Award. 

This online event is free of charge and will be held in English. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation containing the event link and instructions for joining the event​.

If you have any questions, please contact



11.00 Welcome by Nancy Lockkamper, Archivist, European Savings and Retail Banking Group

11.05 Presentation "When Banking met Education" by Thomas Ruoss, PhD

11:45 Q&A
11.55 End of the webinar​



Thomas Ruoss, PhD​

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Chair of Vocational Education and Training, Institute of Education​, University of Zurich
Former Research Fellow at the Research Group "Education, Culture & Society", KU Leuven, Belgium, and the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., USA. PhD in Educational Science (University of Zurich) in 2016 with a thesis on "Local statistics, political practice, and the development of city schools from 1890–1930".
Former research projects on economic education, developing and evaluating historical education statistics, school system development, history of teacher continuing education, history of school administration, and research infrastructure project on development of a digital knowledge portal, Bildungsgeschichte Schweiz [history of education Switzerland].
Member of the bureau of the Study Group Historische Bildungsforschung [historical research in education] of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE), and member of the editorial team of
Research focus:
History of statistics, history of education systems, economic knowledge & financial literacy education, digital humanities

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