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Department of Informatics Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies


This programme will give you a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field. Blockchain-based systems, with cryptocurrencies as the most prominent example, have disrupted and reshaped the way we now think about digital finance and other similar applications, such as supply chains. Blockchain and related technologies allow to store sequential, trustful information without enforced consensus by central authorities or trustees.

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 hands-on practice sessions and field trips to the blockchain hubs in Switzerland - the largest of their kind, worldwide!


Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

Doctoral Seminar

Target Audience:

PhD in Management and Economics (GSB), PhD in Informatics



Learning Outcome:

  • Get to know the difference between the most widely deployed blockchain-based platforms
  • Understand the economic incentives as the basis of blockchain-based systems be them permissioned or permissionless
  • Learn to critically assess the decisions taken when designing blockchain technologies
  • Learn from experts in academia and industry and obtain hands-on experience in both established and advancing technologies.
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This course is intended for students who have a background in blockchain technology, or its economic grounding and functioning.

pass/fail. Oral examination

  • by presenting a work in the area of expertise.
  • By live questionnaires

Dates and Location:


The course takes place online. To enroll in the module, the students must send an e-mail to Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone (

This information in the syllabus supports the official information in the electronic university calendar (VVZ – “Vorlesungsverzeichnis”). In cases of doubt, the official information at the VVZ is valid.

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