Logo of the Blockchain for Science Con 2018 in Berlin Blockchain for Science Con 2018 in Berlin

5-6 NOV 2018
in NHOW Berlin

The 1st international Conference on Blockchain for Science, Research and Knowledge Creation

will be held on 5-6 November in NHOW Hotel Berlin.

The Future of Research is 'decentral' - but what does this actually mean?

The first international conference on the liberation of not only research data and publications, but the whole scientific process. Ideally, it will reestablish the trust in research results, solve aspects of the reproducibility crisis.

Blockchain - the Trust and Value Chain

The Blockchain revolution will greatly affect how research money is distributed and the value flow within the network. There can be competing research incentivation structures, with little media breaches so to free resources that can be spend on scientific inguinity instead of empty conduct. It is really about, building the new (open) science ecosystem. A science ecosystem without artificially constraining business models and legacy, overhead creating bureaucratic structures.

Building and structuring the Open Science Ecosystem now

More then 30 projects worldwide are working on the implementation of Blockchain for Research and now is the time to steer the community into the right directions, so to prevent walled-gardens and silos over data and to encourage a healthy competition over accessible UIs, freeing business models, effective work flows, token economies, etc.. Problems have to be solved, standards have to be defined, etc. How do we manage identities, certificates, how do we adopt the current legal system? What is actually 'Blockchain' in research?

To onboard the whole Research Community

After a series of early meetups and unconferences, this conference onboards the whole research community. The target group includes not only those that were traditionally interested in science communication and online tech, but all ranging from trusted research hardware producers, data brokers, blockchain developers, IP laywers, science funders, blockchain techies with interest in research, science culture and economists, game theoretists as well as scientists with an interest in research motivation and incentivation.


From the Community with the Community - it will be huge

It is organized by the vivid community and BFS Blockchain for Science GmbH. More than 120 (as of 10/15) scientists, researchers, publishers, consultants, investors, lawyers, trailblazers, developers, founders, techies, politicans, liberians and policy makers are coming to learn, teach, discuss and network. People from Korea, Australia, Singapore, North America, Turkey, Europe are gathering to dicuss the Open Science Ecosystem of the future. More than 10 Blockchain for Science projects will be present.

Sponsored by:

ETH Library

Digital Science
Digital Science




EUREKA Library lab

In cooperation with:

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Berlin Science Week

Partnering with:



National Federation of Advanced Information Services

For information, presentations, early projects, sponsorships, donations, registration and exhibition
please write to: info@blockchainforsciencecon.com


Accepted Poster abstracts

Poster 1

Theodor Beutel (t.f.beutel@sms.ed.ac.uk)

Context: Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts enjoy great popularity. The underlying technology, blockchain, is thought to bring about no less than a paradigm shift of how societies and economies interact. While considerable benefits are anticipated in domains such as e-payments, other domains allocate less attention to blockchain. In business studies, not enough attention is given to the claim that this phe-nomenon, the so-called ‘trust machine’ (Economist, 2015), may ‘kill the traditional firm’ (Mulligan, 2017).
Objectives: While information systems research unmistakably states that blockchain resonates with the foundation of organisation studies, scholars in this field have barely scratched the surface of blockchain and its implications for the field. Partly, this is due to a lack of technical understanding of the technology which draws from peer-to-peer networks, game theory and cryptography. The objectives of this thesis are to characterise the technology and discuss its implications for organisation studies.
Method: In order to make sense of this emerging technology, a qualitative case study approach is chosen. Eleven semi-structured in-depth interviews with a total length of 492 minutes were conducted with experts across Europe and North America, complemented by an analysis of technical documentation material. Observations from four industry conferences and several community events contributed ethnographic data.
Results: Blockchain introduces novels forms of organisations that draw on the principles of crypto-economics. While today’s organisational forms decentralise competence and power to a varying degree, blockchain-enabled phenomena of organising introduce a third dimension: incentives. Based on these three dimensions, four novel organisational archetypes are proposed. Moreover, this study finds that the block-chain space is coined by two organising visions which diverge in sensemaking of the incentive-dimension. While one vision keeps power centralised to harness blockchain technology for economic reasons, the other vision decentralises power for value-based motivations, along with a new economic model for the Internet.
Implications: While the results of this study are subject to quantitative validation, these insights into the emerging phenomenon of blockchain bring up more questions than have been answered as part of this thesis. Is the blockchain-enabled incentive machine going to deliver on its promise of disrupting the nature of the firm? Are incumbents going to embrace this phenomenon and integrate it into existing systems and business models, or is blockchain a ‘crypto trojan horse’ (Waters, 2017) that inevitably changes the para-digm of artificial scarcity? Implications for both practitioners and scholars in organisation research are plentiful, as business studies and information systems are making sense of this emerging phenomenon.
Keywords: blockchain, governance, incentives, cryptonetworks, communities, organising visions

Poster 2

Michal Hoffman (M.R.Hoffman@soton.ac.uk)

Academic publishing (AP) produces publications disseminating results of scientific re- search (SR). SR, as systematic work in the context of academia involves structured social interactions that may follow pre-defined rules and stages, such as sharing data, making agreements and writing reviews. AP currently relies on centralised publishing houses (PH) to make the results of SR available to the general public, usually at a variable fee that is collected by the PH. The intermediate stages of producing SR (paper iterations, credit attributions, intermediate data sets) are often not transparent in AP and normally not published by PH. Blockchains, also known as distributed ledgers (DL), provide decentralised, tamper-free registries of transactions in trustless scenarios (i.e. among partners that do not necessarily trust each other). DL registries are coupled with incentive systems that are designed to guarantee the survival and propagation of those registries. Some newer DLs allow their users to write, store and execute “smart contracts” (SC), distributed programs that can update the underlying DL and whose execution is guaranteed. Whereas DLs can be used to prove a single version of the truth (explaining the past), the SCs running on top of DLs can be used to control social interactions (managing the future). We introduce and investigate a DL-oriented system that relies on SCs to make SR more transparent. The goal of the project is to offer a decentralised PH-alternative that empowers SR actors and organisations. We outline the work needed to evaluate the viability of decentralised SR+AP as an alternative to traditional SR and centralised AP using traditional PHs.