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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 to we adopt to 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 hugh

It is organized by one of the earliest trailblazer of Blockchain for Science PD Dr. Sönke Bartling (BFS Blockchain for Science GmbH) and Arnoud de Kemp with decades of experience in bringing newest science communication tech to the community (APE Conferences - digiprimo GmbH).

In cooperation with / sponsored by:

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Berlin Science Week

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

Program (under construction)

Venue: NHOW Berlin

(Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin)

Twitter-Hashtag: #BFSCON #BFSCON18

Day One (Serious Business) - Monday, 5 November 2018

Doors open
08:00 - 09:00

Doors open: Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks

Welcome & Housekeeping (Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer, PD Dr. Sönke Bartling)

09:00 – 09:30

  • Building the Open Science Ecosystem of the Future: Status
    Prof.Dr. Sascha Friesike, Free University of Amsterdam and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin

Status of Science and Knowledge Creation


  • How to reduce Waste and improve Value in biomedical Research
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité, Berlin
  • Current Publishing and Funding Culture (TBA)
  • Artificial Competitions in Science and Resource Wasting (TBA)
  • Open Science
    Dr. Jon Tennant, Rogue scientist, Founder of the Open Science MOOC


Coffee, Tea, Discussions and Networking

Blockchain for Science and Knowledge Creation

11:30 – 12:30

  • Blockchain, unde venis - quo vadis?
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Skwarek, Faculty Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Blockchain applications in Science and Knowledge Creation: Overview
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bela Gipp, Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Konstanz
  • Blockchain limitations and consequences and paint points for Knowledge creation (TBA)

Panel: From Bitcoin to Consortium Chains


  • Panel Participants: Prof. Bela Gipp, Prof. Volker Skwarek, Vlad Günther, ...
    What are the right Blockchain Systems for Science and Knowledge Creation?
    Do we need Mining?
    Delegate Proof-of-State?
    What are the Challenges - technical, infrastructure, legal?


Lunch Break, Discussions and Networking

Scientific Publishing on the Blockchain

14:00 - 15:30

  • Keynote: Stories can wait: Blockchain secured Microntributions
    Prof. Dr. Lawrence Rajendran, Founder and CEO of ScienceMatters, Institute of Regenerative Medicine, University of Zürich
  • Peer-Review on the Blockchain
    Dr. Joris van Jossum, Digital Science, London
  • Why should we move to P2P Publishing - a Viewpoint from a Librarian
    Lambert Heller, TIB Hannover
  • Decentralized Publishing and Microcontributions: Copyright Challenges (TBA)


15:30 - 16:00

Coffee, Tea, Discussions & Networking

Making Blockchain work for the Open Science Ecosystem


Pre-Dinner Thoughts....

17:30 -19:00

  • Blockchain Squared - the Living Knowledge Network
    James Littlejohn, Living Knowledge Network Specialist, Associate Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napter University
  • A mathematical Description of Knowledge
    Barthmoss St. Clair, Senior AI Ressearch Consultant, Heidelberg
  • Going to Space together (TBA)
  • Curiosity, Romance and Research Motivation (TBA)

Event: The (not so trustworthy) Third PARTY 19:00 - 23:00

Day TWO (Serindipity) - Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Doors open
08:00 - 08:30

Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks

Open Mic


Showcase of Napkin Projects from Third Party and other things.... moderated by Mahoney Turnbull, Science Community and Social Hacking Specialist
5 minutes each, application for speaker position will be announced during the conference.

Research Data & Blockchain


  • Decentralized research data: Overview
    Denis Parfenov/Eoghan O Carragáin
  • Blockchainified data marketplaces - the new frontier in research?
    Prof. Dr Konrad Förstner, ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, Cologne, Germany and TH Köln, Cologne, Germany
  • ...

Panel: Decentralized Research Data


Participants: Denis Parfenov, Eoghan O Carragáin, Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner, James Littlejohn, ...

  • Infrastructure (IPFS, DAT, ...)
  • How will persistance be assured?
  • Is tokenization of data access the new way to go?
  • How do we train the research AI of the future?


Coffee, Tea, Discussions & Networking

Cryptoeconomy for Science


  • Overview of the Crypto- and Token Economy
    Prof. Dr. Shermin Voshmgir, Founder BlockchainHub, Director of the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna Univerity of Economics
  • From Research Funding, via novel research incentivation structures to IP
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • ICO for Science Projects (TBA)
  • Legal Aspects for ICOs for Research Projects
    Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler, Partner, DFW Germany Rechtsanwalts ges.mbH
  • Report from Task Group: Good Practices for ICOs in Science (TBA)
  • Continous Coin Offerings and Novel Value Propositions in Science Funding (TBA)


Lunch Break, Discussion and Networking
(13:00-13:30) Consitution meeting of the IBFS (International Society of Blockchain for Science)

Project Showcases


  • Blockchain for Clinical Studies
    Prof. Dr. Mehdi Benchoufi, Blockchain for Clinical Trials Specialist, Assistant Professor, Clinical Epidemiology Center, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Paris

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee, Tea & Networking

From Organized and Incentivized Collaboration to IP


  • Keynote: Research-DAO
    Dr. Martin Etzrodt, Research Director, Validity Labs AG, Zug
  • KnowbellaTech - make dormant IP available through the Blockchain (TBA)

Closing Panel and Participating Discussion

17:00 - 18:30

How to cooperate, avoid Silos and walled Gardens: Building the Open Science Ecosystem of the Future

**Short Reports from Task Groups, Discussions, Outlook.


End of Conference