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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 trailblazers of Blockchain for Science PD Dr. Sönke Bartling (BFS Blockchain for Science GmbH).

In cooperation with / sponsored by:

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Berlin Science Week

ETH Library

Partnering with:

National Federation of Advanced Information Services

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

... in progress (unconfirmed):

  • Ocean protocol for scientific data
  • Alexey Fedorov (Russian quantum center): Quantum secured blockchain (and quantum entanglement blockchain?)
  • Emiliano Velazquez (OSN, Open Science Network): Buidling the Open Science Ecosystem - what needs to be done?
  • Aleksandra Sokolowska (Validitylabs, Seed2019.io): Why we need to seed blockchain in research: crisis and opportunities for collaboration
  • ...

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

  • Welcome & Housekeeping & Overview
    (Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer, PD Dr. Sönke Bartling)
  • Let´s build the open science ecosystem of the future
    (TBA, PD Dr. Sönke Bartling)

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

  • 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 applications in Science and Knowledge Creation: Overview
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bela Gipp, Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Konstanz
  • Blockchain: From its (scalability) limitations to the internet of blockchains
    Ismail Khoffi, Tendermint

Panel: From Bitcoin to Consortium Chains


Panel Participants: Prof. Bela Gipp, Prof. Ali Sunyaev, Vlad Günther, Ismail Khoffi ...

  • What are the right Blockchain Systems for Science and Knowledge Creation?
  • Do we need Mining?
  • Delegate Proof-of-...whatever?
  • What are the Challenges - technical, infrastructure, legal?


Lunch Break, Discussions, Networking, Poster presentations / discussions

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?

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee, Tea, Discussions & Networking

Making Blockchain work for the Open Science Ecosystem


Pre-Dinner Thoughts....

17:30 -19:00

  • A mathematical Description of Knowledge
    Bartmoss St. Clair, Senior AI Researcher at Samsung
  • Blockchain Squared - the Living Knowledge Network
    James Littlejohn, Living Knowledge Network Specialist, Associate Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napter University
  • The Social and Economic Fabric of Decentralized Space Development, Co-Founder Space Cooperative
  • Curiosity, Romance and Research Motivation (TBA)

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

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.... moderated by Mahoney Turnbull, Science Community and Social Hacking Specialist

  • 5 minutes each, application proceedure for speaker position will be announced during the conference.
  • 2 best posters will be invited to present

Scientific Publishing on the Blockchain

9:30 - 11:00

  • 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 Rossum, Digital Science, London
  • Why should we move to P2P Publishing - a Viewpoint from a Libarian
    Lambert Heller, TIB Hannover
  • Decentralized Publishing and Microcontributions: Copyright Challenges (TBA)



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
  • Crypto-economy for science: automated grants distribution models
    Alex Shkor, Founder of DEIP.World
  • 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
  • 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, Poster discussions
(13:00-13:30) Consitution meeting of the IBFS (International Society of Blockchain for Science)

Specific applications


  • Blockchain for Clinical Studies
    Prof. Dr. Mehdi Benchoufi, Blockchain for Clinical Trials Specialist, Assistant Professor, Clinical Epidemiology Center, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Paris
  • Accelerating genomic data generation and facilitating genomic data sharing through blockchain-enabled decentralization
    Dennis Grishin, Co-Founder Nebula Genomics

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee, Tea & Networking

From Organized and Incentivized Collaboration to IP


  • Keynote: Research-DAO
    Dr. Martin Etzrodt, ETH Zurich, Postdoc
  • Using blockchain to manage IP for scientific crowdsourcing
    Jasen E Barkeloo, Founder & Chair, Knowbella Tech

Closing Panel and Participating Discussion

17:00 - 18:30

  • 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

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