Co-create the future of science and blockchain technology

Scientific Ecosystem Experimentation with Decentralization


25 – 28 February 2019 in Davos, Switzerland

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Curious to learn more about SEED? Meet us in Geneva at Impact Hub Geneva (21.01, 6:30pm) or in Zurich at ETH Zurich (29.01, 6:30pm) for a teaser on blockchain in research and education.



Our mission

Discover the potential of blockchain in science


Intersecting blockchain and science has a great potential for incentivizing collaboration and openness in science, finding new ways of funding research projects, and empowering the scientific community.
This means that this technology can revolutionize more than just the financial system.


Blockchain school

Learn the basics of the blockchain technology, as well as the peer-to-peer technology beyond blockchain. Get introduced to the global landscape of science. Immerse yourself in the scientific and industrial worlds, and where they intersect.

Interdisciplinary collaboration


Meet industry experts, lawyers, scientists, librarians, technologists from all around the world. Co-create the future of blockchain and other peer-to-peer technologies with design thinking methodology. SEED is not just about talking, it’s about building. Develop ideas, which have direct impact on the future of the knowledge of mankind, and bring them to life after SEED.


We turn your idea into code

SEED is just the beginning – we’ll turn the best idea into open source code.. Leave SEED with the right background and tools to transfer what you’ve learnt into your own project. Imagine developing advanced ideas in your own field and testing them in your own environment!

SEED Program*

*subject to change!


Registration (8:30-9:30)

Problem-driven track (09:30)

9:30 (10’): Welcome & Intro (Dr. Aleksandra Sokolowska)

9:40 (30’+5’): “Open Science is just science done right!” (Dr. Jonathan Tennant)

10:25 (30’+5’): Economics of science (prof. Paula Stephan)

11:00 (30’+5’): Open Access & Funding in Research (Dr. Michael Hill)

11:35 (30’+5’): Reproducibility crisis (TBA)

12:10 (50’) – Lunch

13:00 (30+5’) Research data management (TBA)

13:35 (30’+5’) Patents and IP (Dany Vogel)

14:10 (20’) Panel Discussion: “Future of research”

Coffee break (20’): 14:30-14:50


Solution-driven track (14:50)

14:50 (90’): Intro to blockchain (Validity Labs)

  • Disintermediation – what’s the problem?
  • From Excel to Blockchain – a thought experiment
  • Smart Contracts – business process automation 2.0

Coffee break (30’): 16:20-16:50

16:50 (20’+5’): Blockchain for Science (Dr. Soenke Bartling)

17:15 (2o’+5’): Blockchain for peer review (Dr. Joris van Rossum)

17:40 (20’+5’): Marketplace for data (TBA)

18:05 (20’+5’): Blockchain-secured contributions science ecosystem (TBA)

18:30 (30’) 3 Quick Submitted Talks


Training track (9:00)

8:30 (30’) Crash course on cryptography (TBA)

9:30 (60’) Hands-on crypto-currencies and smart contracts (Validity Labs)

  • Wallet setup
  • Receive and secure your first own money
  • Getting in touch with a smart contract

Coffee break (30’): 10:30-11:00

11:00 (90’) Let’s buidl a SEED decentralized autonomous organization DAO (Validity Labs)

  • Overview of DAOs
  • Introduction to the SEED DAO
  • First interactions

12:30 (60’) – Lunch

13:30 (30’+5’) Blockchain privacy, scalability, mechanisms & governance (TBA)

14:05 (30’+5’) Blockchain and GDPR (TBA)

14:40 (30’+5) “On the future of smart contract security” (Daniel Fischmann)

Coffee break (20’): 15:15-15:35


Training track (15:35)

15:35 (30’+5) Well-incentivized platforms and cryptoeconomics (prof. Claudio Tessone)

16:10 (20’+5’) Decentralized computing platform (TBA)

16:35 (20’ + 5’) Distributed storage (TBA)

17:00 (20’+5’) ICOs & why tokenize – investors point of view (TBA)

Coffee break (20’): 17:25-17:45

17:45 (45’)  Sponsor talks

18:30 (30’) 3 Quick Submitted Talks


Interdisciplinary Collaboration (9:00)

9:00 (60’) Vertical partners

  • Infrastructure for research (TBA)
  • Open science & communication (TBA)
  • Interfacing corporate and academic research (TBA)

10:00 (30’) Collaboration Value (TBA)

Coffee break (20’): 10:30-10:50

10:50 (30’) Partner Talk (TBA)

12:00 (30’) Rules of the Think Tank (TBA)

12:30 (60’) Lunch


Parallel workshops  (13:30)

13:30 (120’) Parallel workshops start

Coffee Break (30’): 15:30 – 16:00

16:00 (120’) Parallel workshops continued

18:00 (60’) Horizontal exchange between workshops


Parallel workshops (9:00)

09:00 (90’) Parallel workshops

Coffee break (30’): 10:00-10:30

10:30 (90’) Parallel workshops continued

12:00 (60’) Lunch


Presentations & Voting (13:00)

13:00 (120’) Presentations of Think Tank groups

Coffee Break (30’) 15:00 – 15:30

15:30 (30’) Closing Ceremony & Results

16:00 (90’) Incubator kickoff & briefing (for selected collaborations)

Have a new idea or an early-stage project on the topic of Scientific Ecosystem Experimentation with Decentralization? Submit the abstract for a lightning talk or a poster.

Meet our Partners

Tech Partner

Vertical Partners


Become a partner or a sponsor!

Would you like to support our program? Get in touch with us to request more details on how to get involved.



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How to participate

Student / Startup

CHF 250
The price excludes VAT.

Discounted tickets for students and pre-funding startups

Keynote talks
Blockchain training
Think Tank workshops
Free lunches & coffee breaks


CHF 500
The price excludes VAT.

Discounted tickets for academic researchers & staff

Keynote talks
Blockchain training
Think Tank workshops
Free lunches & coffee breaks


CHF 1100
The price excludes VAT.
Keynote talks
Blockchain training
Think Tank workshops
Free lunches & coffee breaks

Organizing team of SEED