Call for Blockchain Forum

Call for Blockchain Forum

The Blockchain Forum invites submissions of papers on both techniques for and applications of blockchains, DLTs,and related technologies. Papers should have relevance for contemporary organisations such as government, enterprises, healthcare, etc. We encourage contributions from both inside and outside the BPM community alike—the emphasis is on relevance for organisations, not membership of a community. Contributions of conceptual, technical and application-oriented natures are all welcome.

A blockchain is a distributed data structure providing guarantees of immutability and integrity protection, providing a practical solution to hard problems in coordination. Blockchain-based systems open up diverse opportunities in the context of the BPM lifecycle to redesign business activities in a wide range of fields, including healthcare, supply chain, logistics, and finance. However, these opportunities come with challenges to security and privacy, and to scalability and performance. 

Blockchain technology has already seen both academic interest and practical adoption, and several approaches exist which combine BPM and blockchain, e.g., blockchain-based execution of DMN decisions, collaborative business process execution on blockchain, and the use of process mining to analyse and validate smart contracts.

The Blockchain Forum provides a platform for discussion and introduction of new ideas related to research directions within techniques for and applications of blockchain and DLT. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modelling paradigms for blockchain-based information systems
  • User-friendly specification and monitoring of smart contracts
  • Synthesis of smart contracts from high-level specifications of business collaborations
  • Process mining-based analysis of blockchain systems and blockchain applications
  • Verification and validation of blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Enforcing regulations and business rules with smart contracts
  • Collaborative business process optimisation on blockchains
  • Privacy models for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data provenance in blockchain-based cooperative processes
  • Security requirements engineering for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data management in blockchain-based information systems
  • Process auditing on blockchains
  • Integration of ubiquitous computing and blockchains for process monitoring
  • Novel paradigms for process design utilising the blockchain
  • Novel paradigms for information systems design utilising the blockchain
  • Linking blockchain platform properties with business and compliance goals
  • Novel business collaboration models enabled by blockchain
  • Blockchain and ethical business practices
  • Inter-organisational, cross-chain communications among parties in a collaborative process
  • Vertical applications of blockchain-based collaborative information systems (e.g. healthcare, supply chain, finance, logistics)

The format of the forum will emphasise interaction and discussion. Talks are expected to foster discussions and aimed at exchanging experiences and ideas.

Paper submission

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers within the topics of the forum. Papers must be written in English and cannot be simultaneously submitted to other journals or conferences. The maximum length of the paper is 15 pages total, including figures, references, etc. Shorter papers are also welcome.

Submissions must be prepared according to the format of Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) specified by Springer. The title page must contain a short abstract and a list of keywords, preferably inspired by the list of topics above. Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: June 7, 2021 (Extended)
  • Notification: July 2, 2021
  • Camera-ready submission: July 12, 2021
  • Forum: September 6, 2020


  • Ingo Weber, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico Milano, Italy
  • Søren Debois, ITU, Denmark

PC members

  • Agnes Koschmider, Kiel University
  • Alevtina Dubovitskaya, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)
  • Alex Norta, Blockchain Technology Group, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Ali Sunyaev, University of Cologne
  • Burkhard Stiller, University of Zurich
  • Claudio Di Ciccio, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Giovanni Meroni, Politecnico di Milano
  • Horst Treiblmaier, MODUL University Vienna
  • Inma Hernández, University of Seville
  • Jan Mendling, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
  • José María García, University of Seville
  • Juan Pavón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Julius Köpke, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt Institute for Informatics Systems
  • Kaiwen Zhang, École de technologie supérieure de Montréal
  • Luciano García-Bañuelos, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Marco Comuzzi, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
  • Mark Staples, CSIRO
  • Marko Hölbl, University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Qinghua Lu, CSIRO
  • Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu
  • Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Economics and Business – WU Wien
  • Tijs Slaats, University of Copenhagen
  • Burkhard, Stiller, University of Zurich