1. Swiss Symposium

Blockchain Research

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The University of Zurich Blockchain Center is proud to organise Switzerland's first Blockchain Symposium. The event is a full-day scientific programme, with the widest representation of Swiss institutions. Our goal is to connect practitioners with cutting edge researchers from the fields of Economics, Law, Technology and their interface.

INterdisciplinary Community

Our speakers are from various fields including Economics, Technology and Law.


All presentations are held by academic professionals from various fields.


We unite the leading Swiss research institutions on the topic of blockchain.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. dr Aleksander Berentsen

Aleksander Berentsen is Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Basel. Currently, his research focuses on the analysis and the practical implementation of Distributed Ledger Technology (blockchain and cryptoassets) and on how central banks should use monetary policy instruments.

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Prof. dr Roger Wattenhofer

Roger Wattenhofer is a full professor at the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department, ETH Zurich, Switzer­land. His research interests are in computer science and information technology, e.g., distributed systems, positioning systems, wireless networks, mobile systems, social networks, deep neural networks.

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Dr Paolo

Paolo Tasca is a Digital economist specialising in P2P financial systems. He has been an advisor on blockchain technologies for different international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations. Paolo is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) at University College London.

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Michael Lustenberger is a research associate at the ZHAW School of Management and Law with an interest in blockchain technology and its application in the field of supply chain management.

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Dr Massimo

Dr Massimo Morini is currently Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models at Banca IMI Intesa Sanpaolo and consultant for the World Bank. Morini is a lecturer of fixed income at Bocconi University and was research fellow at Cass Business School of London City University. He holds a PhD in Mathematics and a MSc in Economics.

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Prof. dr Bryan

Prof. Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized/Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He focuses on building secure decentralized systems, specifically on scalable, privacy-preserving blockchains. He earned his B.S. at the University of Utah and his Ph.D at MIT.

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Prof. dr Rolf
h. weber

Rolf Weber holds a Chair for Private, Economic and European Law and is a director of the Center for Information Technology, Society and Communication Law at the University of Zurich. His main fields of research are internet and IT law, international business law, media law, competition law and international finance law.

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dr Arthur

Arthur Gervais is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Imperial College London. Gervais received his PhD on the topic of ``Proof of Work Blockchain Security, Privacy and Scalability'' from ETH Zurich, supervised by Srdjan Capkun. Gervais's research focuses on applied cryptography, network and distributed ledger security, privacy as well as their scalability properties.

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Jörn Erbguth is has a double diploma in law and computer science and works as a lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

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  • Time



  • 10:00-10:10
    Prof. Dr Claudio Tessone
    Universität Zürich
    Introduction and welcome
  • 10:10-10:40
    Dr Paolo Tasca
    University College London
  • 10:40-11:10
    Coffe Break
  • 11:10-11:50
    Prof. Dr Aleksander Berentsen
    University of basel
    A Game-Theoretic Model of Proof of Stake
  • 11:50-12:30
    Prof. Dr Rolf H. Weber
    Universität Zürich
    On the Regulatory Framework of Switzerland
  • 12:30-13:10
    Prof. Dr Bryan Ford
    Decentralized Data Protection and Next-Generation Blockchains
  • 13:10-13:55
    Lunch break
  • 13:55-14:35
    prof. dr roger wattenhofer
    Does a Blockchain Need Altruism?
  • 14:35-15:05
    dr Arthur Gervais
    Hochschule Luzern /
    Imperial College
    Off the Chain Transactions
  • 15:05-15:35
    Coffee Break
  • 15:35-16:05
    Michael Lustenberger
    Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
    Overcoming Current Supply Chain Challenges with Blockchain
  • 16:05-16:35
    Jörn Erbguth
    Université de Genève
    Is GDPR a Roadblock to Blockchain?
  • 16:35-17:05
    Massimo Morini
    Università della Svizzera Italiana

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Event Organisation:

Prof. Dr Claudio Tessone
Assistant Professor of Network Science
University of Zurich
Event Lead
Jan Bühlmann
Teaching Assistant
University of Zurich
Event Support
Following a grass-root initiative by several Professors in 2017, in January 2019 the University of Zurich established a Competence Center on Blockchain. The aim of the center is based on the three pillars of research, education and collaboration.


We coordinate and consolidate research activities and their fund raising processes.


We offer a full range of educational programs to students and professionals.


We are a single point of contact for academic, industry and societal stakeholders .

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