Summer School: Deep Dive into Blockchain–Linking Economics, Technology and Law


This online summer school program will give you a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field.
For a full understanding of Blockchain, with all its implications and potential for application in practice, it is absolutely crucial to look at it from a multidisciplinary perspective. This is exactly what the UZH Blockchain Center offers during the three weeks of this course: you will understand the three key pillars of blockchain systems, namely the technology, the economics and the legal aspects behind it. Building on this, we will then explore other fields of application, such as forensics and data analytics. 
But most importantly, the program is highly interactive, with both theory and hands-on practice sessions offered by blockchain experts from Switzerland, Austria, China, Germany, U.S.A, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom!

Course Director: Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone

July 5th to 24th, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the course takes place online

Online course

Further Information

Industry contributors


Neo is an open-source, community driven platform that is leveraging the intrinsic advantages of blockchain technology to realize the optimized digital world of the future


IOST is an ultra-fast, decentralised blockchain network based on the next-generation consensus algorithm “Proof of Believability” (PoB)

Web3 Foundation

WEB3 nurtures and stewards cutting-edge technologies and applications in the fields of cryptographically-powered decentralised software protocols.


Polkadot is a sharded protocol that enables blockchain networks to operate together seamlessly.

Cardano Foundation

Cardano Foundation is an independent body based in Switzerland with core responsibilities to help oversee and supervise the development of Cardano and its ecosystem.


Libra, a simple global payment system and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.


RippleNet offers the most advanced blockchain technology for global payments—making it easy for financial institutions to reach a trusted, growing network of 300+ providers across 40+ countries and six continents.


IOTA powering the future of Internet of Things through the tangle, with zero fees microtransactions and data integrity for machines


IBM Blockchain is more than technology. It’s a movement to help you redefine your most important business relationships through trust, transparency and newfound collaboration.


Hyperledger Fabric is an open source framework originated under the IBM Blockchain Platform. It is a flexible blockchain framework that is changing the business world.


3D AG, Switzerland is specialized in the field of micro and nanotechnology and in custom-made high-security holography. One of the core competences 3D AG provides, are physical and digital brand protection products and services for various industries.


Flovtec is a Swiss quantitative investment firm with the purpose to unlock digital assets by providing liquidity.

Academia Speakers

Prof. Dr Burkhard Stiller

University of Zurich

Blockchain Technology

Prof. Dr Thorsten Hens

University of Zurich

Financial Markets

Prof. Dr Marco dell’Erba

University of Zurich


Prof. Dr Gerhard Schwabe

University of Zurich

Business Models

Prof. Dr Christian Ewerhart

University of Zurich

Oracles and BlockchainEconomics

Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone

University of Zurich

Blockchain Analytics

Dr Liudmila Zavolokina

University of Zurich

Business Models

Sheng-Nan Li

University of Zurich

Strategic mining

Florian Spychiger

University of Zurich

Incentive design

Francesco de Collibus

University of Zurich


Dr Paolo Tasca

Executive Director of UCL CBT, University College London

Asset Tokenisation

Prof Dr.Sooyong Park

Sogang University, Seoul

IoT Blockchains

Prof. Dr Gianluca Miscione

University College Dublin

Governance of Blockchain Platforms

Dr Michael Zargham

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria


Prof. Dr Arthur Gervais

CEO & Co-Founder Liquidity. Network, Assistant Professor at Imperial College London

Second layer networks

Dr Christian Decker

Core Tech Engineer at Blockstream

Lightning Network

Bruno Rodrigues

University of Zurich

Blockchain Basics, Blockchain Platforms

Eder Scheid

University of Zurich

Blockchain Basics, Blockchain Platforms

Dr Marcus Manfred Dapp

ETH Zurich

Token Design

Dr Daniele Dell’Aglio

University of Zurich

Smart Contracts

Dr Alfred Früh

University of Zurich

Data Protection

Christian Killer

University of Zurich


Matthias Tarazsiewicz

Research Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics

Challenges and Limitations

Industry Speakers

Steven Liu

Neo: Technologist

Lili Zhao

Neo: Director Eco Growth

Dr Guilherme Machado

Neo Developer

Yannan (Terrence) Wang  

IOST:CTO, Co-founder

Bill Laboon

Web3-Polkadot: Technical Education Lead

Alfonso Cevallos

Web3-Polkadot: Blockchain Researcher

Hinrich Pfeifer

Cardano Foundation: General Secretary

Domino Burki

Cardano Foundation: Council Member

Pascal Allot

IBM-Hyperledger: Innovation Ecosystem Director

Pierre Kauffmann

IBM-Hyperledger: Blockchain Leader IBM Switzerland

Justin Ehrenhofer

Monero: Community Contributor

Dahlia Malkhi

Libra: Lead Maintainer

Khaled Yassin

Flovtec: Quantitative Analyst

Warren Paul Anderson

Ripple: Head of Developer Relations

Oliver Kay

3D AG: Director Sales & Business Development

Dr. Michele Nati

IOTA Foundation: Lead Tech Analyst and Personal Data Lead




Web3 Foundation


Cardano Foundation

Seymour Institute