Exploring Blockchain Solutions to Fund Scientific Research.

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Weizenbaum Institut

Hardenbergstraße 32

10623 Berlin

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Funding research and science: How might blockchain technology and the token economy create better incentives?

- Co-hosted by Humboldt University Blockchain Nights and Blockchain For Science


In this meetup we will discuss and evaluate the potential of blockchain technology and leveraging token economies to fund science research.

What are the problems?

Science, as many other endeavors need money. Most of the research money going towards public science comes from tax or donors. In both cases there are high obligations to distribute the money in the most useful way. This process has been known to come with its own set of factors to consider:

  1. Artificial competitions for research money have created a great overhead and workload in grant writing for scientists. Some claim that the efforts that go in these artificial competitions outweigh the amount of research money that is actually distributed in the programs.

  2. ‘Successful’ science conduct is highly nudged by what the science funder deems to be excellent or good science. The incentives are also built around traditional paper publications and shiney grant applications.

  3. Research money distribution and the management of the science projects create large administrative efforts. For many grant issuing authorities, regular reports with precise money flows need to be created.

Could blockchain and token-economies be the answer to the lack of efficiency innovation in the current funding landscape?


Schedule (Program and time slots subject to change)

18:00: Registration

18:30: Welcome & Opening notes

18:40: Martin Reinhart, Assistant Professor - Science Studies - Humboldt University of Berlin: Challenges in research funding - From peer review to lotteries & Q&A

19:00: Paul Kohlhaas, Founder - Molecule: Token Economics for Science Funding & Q&A

Lightning talks:

19:30: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Lawrence Rajendran, Founder - Sciencematters.io: Reducing the threshold to publish - Micropublications (that one could invest in)

19:50: Ingo Keck, Web3 Science at Leibniz Information Center for Science & Technology (TIB): A critical view on the blockchain/crypto-economy (for science funding)


Open Panel:

19:50: Open panel discussion: Can Blockchain revolutionize science funding? with Paul Kohlhaas, Ingo Keck, Soenke Bartling and Martin Reinhart - Moderated by Hermann Elendner

20:20 - 21:30 : Wrap up / Networking & Drinks

Venue: Weizenbaum Institut (Room A105, first floor, Hardenbergstr. 32, Berlin, Ku'Damm area)

Refreshments will be provided - RSVP is essential


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