Mathematics for Industry: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

The workshop theme will be “Mathematics for Industry”, with a focus on the growing area of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The format will be a one-day workshop with parallel sessions, with a lunch break and a reception in the evening.


The School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester are excited to be hosting a one day workshop on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. The workshop will feature invited talks from academics and those in industry, in addition to contributed talks and a poster session. The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the ties and bridge the gap between academics and industry, and also enthusiasts, and to provide an opportunity to share research and developments in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.

Call For Papers

The programme will consist of invited and contributed talks throughout the day, in addition to a poster session in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the number of contributed talks is limited and so we may invite the authors of some submitted abstracts to present a poster instead. The workshop is open to topics including, but not limited to:

  • Academic research on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Industrial applications of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Applications of Fintech in academia and industry
  • The economics of Blockchain technology
  • Financial analysis and risk management with Cryptocurrencies
  • In addition, all full papers submitted to the workshop will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Risk and Financial Management on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (see below). The aim of this special issue is to provide a collection of papers from leading experts in the area of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and covers the topics listed above and many others. For further information about the special issue click here or download the flyer.


    We are happy to announce that the speakers listed below are confirmed to present at the workshop! This list will be continually updated.

    Invited talks

  • Prof. François Longin (ESSEC Bsuiness School)
  • Ms. Beryl Chavez Li (CapchainX)
  • Mr. John Paul Thornber (Andrews Gwynne Private Wealth Management)
  • Dr. Paraskevi Katsiampa (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Contributed talks
    Poster session

    The Journal of Risk and Financial Management have also very kindly sponsored our "Best Paper Award". An award of 1000 CHF (~£760) will be presented for the best student paper, which will be judged by the organising committee and will be announced at the end of the workshop. The winner will also be able to publish one paper free of charge in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies special issue.

    Submission instructions

    Please email your submission to both: schan@aus.edu and jeffrey.chu@manchester.ac.uk, with the subject line "Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Manchester 2018 Submission". The email should include the completed manuscript as an attachment in PDF format (Word format will be accepted, but PDF is preferred). In the email, please also specify your name, current affiliation, and whether you would like to present a talk or a poster. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday 27th July 2018. Once you have made your submission, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by email. The organising committee will then make a decision on your submission, and you will be notified of the outcome by Friday 10th August 2018.


    If you have questions about any details of the workshop, do not hesitate to contact us via email at either: schan@aus.edu or jeffrey.chu@manchester.ac.uk

    School of Mathematics, University of Manchester
    Alan Turing Building
    Oxford Road
    Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
    +44 (0)161 275 5800
    Important Dates:
    Submission of Abstracts - 28th May 2018 to 27th July 2018
    Notification of acceptance - by 10th August 2018
    Registration - from 28th May 2018
    Workshop - 8th September 2018


    Prof. François Longin

    ESSEC Business School

    Ms. Beryl Chavez Li

    CEO, CapchainX

    Mr. John Paul Thornber

    Andrews Gwynne Private Wealth Management

    Dr. Paraskevi Katsiampa

    Sheffield Hallam University


    Dr. Stephen Chan

    American University of Sharjah

    Dr. Jeffrey Chu

    University of Manchester

    Dr. Saralees Nadarajah

    University of Manchester

    Dr. Athanasios Pantelous

    Monash University

    Dr. Shou Hsing Shih

    American University of Sharjah

    Ms. Yuanyuan Zhang

    University of Manchester




    Registration is now live! Please click here to register.

    The registration fee includes attendance of all workshop sessions, coffee breaks, and lunch.

    Financial Support

    We have limited financial support available for PhD students. This covers the cost of the conference fee and includes an extra £100 to cover transportation/subsistence costs. Given the availability of funding, this will be competitive and the selection process will be conducted by the organising committee. Priority will be given to PhD students presenting talks or posters.


    Alan Turing Building, School of Mathematics, University for Manchester.

    The Alan Turing Building, completed in 2007, has been designed by the well-known firm of architects Sheppard Robson, who have taken pains to incorporate the ideas and suggestions of many of the School's staff and students. The School of Mathematics accommodation consists of two east-west fingers of three floors each, separated by a spacious atrium and connected at either end by open bridges to encourage circulation. The building is named after Alan Turing, who was a Reader in Mathematics at Manchester, and is regarded as one of the founders of computer science. The building also houses the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.


    By train: The main station is Manchester Piccadilly station. From the main railway-station, the workshop location is within walking distance of less than 20 minutes.

    By air: Manchester International Airport has flights from over 200 destinations worldwide and the airport is located just 10 miles from the city centre with a direct train service into Piccadilly station every 20 minutes throughout the week. The approximate cost is £5 for a single journey and the journey time is just 15 minutes. Alternatively you can get a taxi to the workshop venue which costs less than £20.

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