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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.

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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)

IBFS - International Society of Blockchain For Science

Berlin Science Week

APE 2019

Partnering with:



National Federation of Advanced Information Services

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


The almost complete list of participants
Venue: NHOW Berlin (Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin)
Twitter-Hashtag: #BFSCON #BFSCON18
Telegram Group: Blockchain For Science (also for organization, housing, link sharing, announcements)
Submit your talk here: Dropbox - no valid email required or talks@blockchainforscience.com (email will be present on presenting notebook),(FIRSTNAME_NAMEOFTALK.END), if you update, just resubmit
(PPT(V16.18), Keynote (8.2), PDF, or live in browser with online Apple Mac Notebook (Mojave) with Chrome & Safari, Javascript activated, 16:9 preferably, but 4:3 also okay, audio will be present, testing will only be possible during breaks)

Pre-Con Meetup (social) - Sunday, 4th November

14:00 - 21:00

An informal, independent, self-organized, socializing, coworking, networking, pre-meetup before the Blockchain for Science Con - Berlin - 2018. All people interested in Blockchain For Science are welcome. Soda and small snacks will be available.
Code.University, Lohmühlenstr. 65, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Tell us if you want to come: Meetup at CODE.University

Freestyle talks - projector will be available:

The Living Knowledge Network
James Littlejohn, Living Knowledge Network Specialist, Associate Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napter University

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

Doors open
08:00 - 09:00

Doors open: Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks

On to the journey ...

09:00 – 09:30

  • Hallo & very brief housekeeping
    (PD Dr. Sönke Bartling)
  • Welcome
    (Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer)

Status of Science and Knowledge Creation


  • How to reduce Waste and improve Value in biomedical Research (And why the Blockchain won´t help)
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité, Berlin
  • Open Science
    Dr. Jon Tennant, Rogue scientist, Founder of the Open Science MOOC
  • Why we need to seed blockchain in research: crisis and opportunities for collaboration
    Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska, Head of Research and Analytics, Validitylabs & Project lead Seed2019

Session chairs: PD Dr. Sönke Bartling, Dr. Martin Etzrodt


Coffee, Tea, Discussions and Networking

Blockchain for Science and Knowledge Creation

11:00 – 12:30

  • What is DLT? What is Blockchain? What is Bitcoin? And what is decentralization?
    Prof. Dr. Ali Sunyaev, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Blockchain: From its (scalability) limitations to the internet of blockchains
    Ismail Khoffi, Tendermint
  • Immutable research data trail
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bela Gipp, Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Konstanz

Session chair: Dr. Martin Etzrodt

Panel: What is Blockchain (in Science) ?


Panel Participants: Prof. Bela Gipp, Prof. Ali Sunyaev, Ismail Khoffi, Mo Dong (celer.network), Lambert Heller, Sönke Bartling (lead) ...

  • What is blockchain? (living doc on the definition of 'Blockchain' for our conference: Blockchain)
  • What are the right Blockchain Systems for Science and Knowledge Creation?
  • From Bitcoin to consortium chains
  • What is decentralization?
  • Do we need Mining?
  • Delegate Proof-of-...whatever?
  • What are the Challenges - technical, infrastructure, legal?


Lunch Break, Discussions, Networking

Research Data & Blockchain


  • Decentralized research data: Overview
    Denis Parfenov, Founder of DaMaHub.
  • New deals on data: Generating open knowledge on closed data
    Prof. Dr Konrad Förstner, ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, Cologne, Germany and TH Köln, Cologne, Germany
  • Ocean protocol (for research data)
    Dimitri de Jonghe, Head of research (BigchainDB) and co-founder at Ocean Protocol

Session chair: James Littlejohn

Panel: Decentralized Research Data


Data discussion & panel: Karmen Čondić-Jurkić(lead), Denis Parfenov, Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner, Dimitri de Jonghe, 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?

15:50 - 16:20

Coffee, Tea, Discussions & Networking

Making Blockchain work for the Open Science Ecosystem


Session chairs: Prof. Konrad Förstner, Dimitra Papadopoulou

Pre-Dinner Thoughts....

17:40 -19:00

  • Best poster awards by Poster team Prof. Rajendran (lead), Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska, Dr. Benedikt Fecher, Lambert Heller
  • Research Culture - Keynote: Look for the outliers and not the mean OR Stories can wait: Blockchain secured Micrcontributions
    Prof. Dr. Lawrence Rajendran, Founder and CEO of ScienceMatters and EUREKA, Institute of Regenerative Medicine, University of Zürich
  • Space-Keynote: The Social and Economic Fabric of Decentralized Space Development,
    Yalda Mousavinia, Co-Founder Space Cooperative
  • The Keynote-Keynote: A mathematical Description of Knowledge
    Bartmoss St. Clair, Senior AI Researcher at Samsung

Session chair: PD Dr. Sönke Bartling

Event: The (not so trustworthy) Third PARTY 19:10 - 23:00 (incl. Drinks and Dinner) Backstage in the Hotel

Day TWO (Serendipity) - 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....

  1. Hackathon: Presentation of the Blockchain For Science Hackathon / Dorahacks (apply here) winning team.
  2. Napking projects/Open Mic talks:
    5 minutes each, incl Q&A, submit talk here.
  3. Posters:
    2 best posters will be invited to present, submit proposals here.

moderated by Mahoney Turnbull, Science Community and Social Hacking Specialist

Scientific Publishing on the Blockchain

9:30 - 11:15

  • Keynote: Peer-Review on the Blockchain
    Dr. Joris van Rossum, Digital Science, London & Alex Tran Qui, Katalysis
  • The future of indexing and secondary publishing: A blockchain based approach
    Dave Kochalko , cofounder Artifacts
  • P2P perspectives: Let’s connect the dots, agree on standards – and talk about it
    Lambert Heller, TIB Hannover
  • Distributed data protection and copyright on the blockchain and in decentralized future
    Alexandra Giannopoulou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Blockchain and Society Policy Lab, Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Session chairs: Prof. Konrad Förstner, Dr. Benedikt Fecher


Coffee, Tea, Discussions & Networking

Cryptoeconomy for Science


  • Overview of the Crypto- and Token Economy
    Evgenia Filippova, Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna Univerity of Economics
  • How can tokens and crypto assets be used to fund research?
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • Crypto-economy for science: automated grants distribution models
    Alex Shkor, Founder of DEIP.World
  • Legal Aspects for ICOs for Research Projects
    Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler, Partner, DFW Germany Rechtsanwalts ges.mbH

Session chair: Mahoney Turnbull, PD Dr. Sönke Bartling


Lunch Break, Discussion and Networking, Poster discussions

Specific applications


  • Keynote token bonding and curation markets: Exploring Curation Markets for Drug Discovery - Introducing Molecule Protocol
    Paul Kohlhaas, Founder & CEO of Linum Labs
  • Accelerating genomic data generation and facilitating genomic data sharing through blockchain-enabled decentralization
    Dennis Grishin, Co-Founder Nebula Genomics
  • NoK(ing) on Heavens Door: Global Decentralised Adaptive Platform for Collaborative Scientific Discovery
    Roman Gonitel, NoK Founder

Session chairs: Mahoney Turnbull, Dr. Martin Etzrodt

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee, Tea & Networking

From Organized and Incentivized Collaboration to IP (Intellectual Property) and other real world connections


  • Keynote: Research-DAO
    Dr. Martin Etzrodt, Principal Researcher Akasha Foundation

Short talks and Skype-Inns!

Building the Open Science Ecosystem of the Future

17:20 - 18:00

  • Buidling the Open Science Ecosystem: Status
    Prof.Dr. Sascha Friesike, Free University of Amsterdam and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin & Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin
  • ALL: Open Panel / Discussion


End of CONference - afterhour location: Bar / Restaurant in the NHOW Hotel.

Independent event STEPS - A blockchain for science workshop - Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th

An independent hands-on workshop on Blockchain and its impact on Science, Technology, Education, Publishing and Society (STEPS) - for more information and sign-up please see here