Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Security School

Call for Participants

2019 International Summer School on
"Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Security"

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the “2019 International Summer School on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Security" (BCS) that will take place at the University of Padua, Italy, from June 24th to June 28th, 2019.


    The school is open to graduate students, researchers, and practitioners from academia and industry. The school aims at bringing together members from the international security research community to debate contemporary issues in the area of privacy and security of blockchain technology and designing new cryptocurrencies with better security guarantees. The main part of the school consists of lectures given by world-leading researchers in this area. The school will bring the participants through technical aspects of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Security. It is also our intention to build strong research relations and exchange opportunities between the involved institutions and participants.


    - Dr. Leonardo Aniello (University of Southampton, UK)
    - Prof. Stefano Bistarelli (University of Perugia, Italy)
    - Dr. Simone Bronzini (Member of BlockchainEdu and CTO of Chainside, Italy)
    - Prof. Mauro Conti (UNIPD, Italy)
    - Prof. Pierluigi Gallo (University of Palermo, Italy)
    - Dr. Ghassan Karame (NEC Labs, Germany)<
    - Dr. Chhagan Lal (UNIPD, Italy)
    - Prof. Veelasha Moonsamy (Radboud University, NL)
    - Dr. Michele Nati (IOTA Foundation, UK)<
    - Prof. Jan Rellermeyer (TU Delft, NL)
    - Prof. Laura Ricci (University of Pisa, Italy)
    - Prof. Sushmita Ruj (ISI Kolkata, India)
    - Prof. Claudia Sandei (UNIPD, Italy)
    - More to add


    The school will take place at the University of Padua - Department of Mathematics (via Trieste 63, 35151 Padua, Italy). The University of Padua is a long tradition University (among the earliest Universities of the world, funded in 1222; hosted people like Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus). A recent national assessment set the University of Padua as the highest ranking among leading Italian Universities for the quality of its research results. Padua is a vibrant city, full of art and history, including the Scrovegni Chapel (with the most complete series of frescoes executed by Giotto), and the main building of the University (with the first anatomical theatre and the podium used by of Galileo). Also, Venice can be reached by train in 15 minutes.
    A taste of Padua: click here and here .


    To apply for the school, please send via e-mail (with subject "BCS School application"), to ALL the following e-mail addresses:


    The following documents must be attached:
    • a one-page CV;
    • a motivation letter explaining your interest in the school and your experience in the area;

    Early bird registration (170 €):
    • Application deadline: April 16th, 2019 April 23rd, 2019.
    • Notification deadline: April 23rd, 2019 April 26th, 2019.
    • Registration deadline FIRM: April 30th, 2019.
    Regular registration (220 €):
    • Application deadline: June 7th, 2019 June 14th, 2019.
    • Notification deadline: June 10th, 2019 June 19th, 2019.
    • Registration deadline: June 14th, 2019 June 21st, 2019.

    Registration fee for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners from academia and industry:

    • 170€ (Early bird registration), 220€ (Regular registration) (thanks to our co-organizers!).
    • Registration fee for PhD Students of the University of Padova: 0€ (Waived registration) (thanks to our co-organizers!).
    • Registration fee for Students of the University of Padova: 0€ (Waived registration) (thanks to our co-organizers!).

    The PhD school organization reserves the right for waived registrations to offer only coffee breaks (lunches, social events, and social dinner are excluded)..

    Attendance is limited to facilities restrictions. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their curriculum and motivation letter, giving equal opportunities for women and men coming from different countries. Thanks to our co-organizers, the school fee (including coffee breaks, lunches and the social dinner) will be only 170€ (Early bird registration), 220€ (Regular registration). The school organization reserves the right for waived registrations to offer only coffee breaks (excluding lunches, social events, and social dinner). The school organization reserves the right to provide a limited number of travel grants, selected by the Executive Committee. The selection criteria for the grants are: the curriculum vitae, the motivation letter, and the distance from the University of Padua (e.g., the greater the distance of the host University, the greater the possibility to receive the grant). The organization of the school will support students in finding accommodation, possibly at the University residences.


    The school welcomes international participants from around the world. Some international students might need to obtain an entry visa to come to Italy. In order to find out which documents are required to apply for visiting student visa, you can query the database of the "Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs". If you are required to apply for a visiting student visa, you will require a school visa letter. In this case, to provide a visa support letter, please send your detailed information along with a photocopy of the identification page of your passport (name and photo) via e-mail to all the following e-mail addresses:;; and


    At the end of the school, the Executive Committee can provide participation certificates and award the course diploma to students who have passed the final exam. For those students, the school can be considered as 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. However, we recommend that you check with your home institution before applying to the school to be sure that the credits are actually recognized.


    - Prof. Mauro Conti (Director) - University of Padua, Italy
    - Dr. Ghassan Karame - NEC
    - Prof. Laura Ricci - University of Pisa
    - Prof. Sushmita Ruj - Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)


    If you need further information, please send an e-mail to all the following e-mail addresses:;; and with subject "BCS School information".

With the support of:

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CINI Cybersecurity National Lab

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