Café des Sciences: Blockchain, unchain the future

Experts on Blockchain will guide us through their research and practices in the upcoming hybrid Café des Science Lecture.

Event Details


swissnex China office
22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China


[Online+On-site] September 17, 2020, 18:30 - 21:00 (China) / 13:00 - 14:00 (Switzerland)


Free, RSVP required.

Blockchain technology provides new infrastructure to build the next innovative applications beyond cryptocurrencies, driving profound, positive changes across business, communities and society. In the upcoming hybrid Café des Sciences Lecture, we’ve invited experts on Blockchain to guide us through their researches and practices over the topic.

Via the online platform – Zoom, Prof. Claudio Tessone, Academic Director of UZH Blockchain Center from University of Zurich will present his research about the reasons for the excessive centralisation of existing blockchain-based systems, which are systems designed to be decentralised, and the ways to overcome this. He will also give us a virtual tour about the newly established competence center at University of Zurich – the UZH Blockchain Center. While at our event space, Dr. Siyan Xu, Deputy Director of Smart Industry Research Center of Tencent Research Institute will meet you in person and share with us her research and insights on Blockchain and its application in China.

After the two keynote presentations, there’ll be a panel discussion around Blockchain led by David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association and CEO of Blocknology Digital Ventures and we’ll discuss the topic from academic, industry and policy perspective. Luisa Kinzius, Project Leader from Sinolytics will also join the panel discussion and share her insights.

Event Rundown

*program from 19:00 – 20:00 will be live broadcasted via Zoom

18:30 – 19:00 Registration
19:00 – 19:05 Opening Remarks

Dr. Felix Moesner

Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China

19:05 – 19:15 Presentation

Dr. Siyan Xu

Deputy Director,

Tencent Research Institute Smart Industry Research Center

19:15 – 19:30 Presentation

Prof. Claudio Tessone

Assistant Professor for Network Science
Academic Director, UZH Blockchain Center,
University of Zurich

19:30 – 20:00 Panel Discussion


David Chang
Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association and CEO of Blocknology Digital Ventures


Prof. Claudio Tessone
Assistant Professor for Network Science /Academic Director, UZH Blockchain Center, University of Zurich

Dr. Siyan Xu
Deputy Director of Smart Industry Research Center of Tencent Research

Luisa Kinzius
Project Leader, Sinolytics

20:00 – 21:00 Networking reception


Panel Discussion


David Chang
Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association and CEO of Blocknology Digital Ventures

Mr. David Chang is Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, industry fellow of UC Berkeley Blockchain Accelerator and CEO of Blocknology Digital Venture(BDV), BDV is an ecosystem of private and public capital, startups, experts with domain knowledge on a global scale, with global reach and dedicated to innovative and impactful digital technologies, with specific focuses in BrainTech, PrivacyTech, Fintech, CleanTech, EdTech, Blockchain, Digital Governance. BDV also formed strategic relationships with national labs on digital economy governance and cybersecurity, is also part of the task force in piloting digital city management and governance and is also forming a digital family office platform with HK and mainland families. Mr. Chang is the founder of Blockchain Fund Global Alliance (BFGA), a global platform dedicated to institutional investors in the blockchain industry, also the founder of China Cryptoeconomy Lab, a research organization dedicated to the development of crypto-economics in China. Mr. Chang was Vice President at JP Morgan Asset Management, Managing Director at Corporate & Investment Bank of BNP Paribas, Member of Management Committee and Head of International Business at Guotai Asset Management and also managed hedge fund investment for Canadian largest family, Thomson Family. Mr. Chang is also a leading figure in private wealth management and presented numerous training on traditional and digital wealth management to China Banking Association, China Construction Bank Private Bank, China Merchant Bank Private Bank.

Mr. Chang holds a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Computer Science, and Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, all from Cornell University.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Siyan Xu
Deputy Director of Smart Industry Research Center of Tencent Research Institute

Siyan is senior TMT researcher at Tencent Internet Research Institute. Her research examines new business and organizational models appear alongside Internet and new technology, which serves as strategy indication of Tencent’s new business direction. She has published various reports, whitepapers and book on nascent economic-technical of internet platforms, as well as new technological paradigms as blockchain, AI and Industrial Internet. Siyan achieved a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tencent Research Institute

Set up by Tencent as its research arm for public strategies, Tencent Research Institute utilizes the company’s diverse products, numerous cases and massive data, looks into issues on the development of the internet, gathers intelligent ideas from different social sectors through and open and collaborative platform; and promotes healthy and orderly development of society and the digital economy.

With an open, inclusive and forward-looking vision for research, the institute is committed to building itself into a research platform for modern technology, as well as social science and humanities.


Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone
Assistant Professor for Network Science
Academic Director, UZH Blockchain Center
University of Zurich

Claudio J. Tessone is the Chairman of the UZH Blockchain Center and Professor for Network Science at the University of Zurich. Since his PhD he studies the link between microscopic agent behaviour, the rules these agents follow and the global, emergent properties of systems. He holds a PhD in Physics and a Habilitation on “Complex socio-economic systems” from ETH Zurich in the area of Economics, Management and Technology. He is an expert in the modelling of complex socio-economic, and socio-technical systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Blockchain-based systems and cryptocurrencies are a pillar of his research (being among the first to study them). This includes crypoeconomics (from financial aspects to meso- and macro- properties, such as understanding the emergent centralisation in cryptocurrencies), big-data blockchain analytics and forensics, design of blockchain-based systems, and characterisation and understanding the effects of incentives that are present (by design or set inadvertently) in them.

This year, he directed the Summer School: Deep Dive into Blockchain and is co-directs the Certificate of Advanced Studies on Blockchain at the University of Zurich.

UZH Blockchain Center

The Blockchain Center at the University of Zurich is an academic center conducting multidisciplinary research in the area. It benefits from the engagement of Faculty members from Computer Science, Law, Business, Finance and Complexity Science, and develops a broad range of initiatives, that make it the largest academic initiative in the field in Switzerland, a renowned world-wide blockchain hub. The core missions of the BCC are: fostering and coordinating research activities, creation and nurturing a complete education programme in the field, and to act as the single point of contact of the University with industry, peer institutions and governments in the area of blockchain.



Luisa Kinzius
Project Leader, Sinolytics

Luisa Kinzius is Project Leader at Sinolytics GmbH, a European research-based consultancy entirely focused on China. In her work she observes the Chinese government’s approach towards blockchain and analyses the impact of Chinese blockchain policies and regulations on the business dynamics in China. Luisa also closely tracks the developments of China’s digital currency and its domestic as well as international implications. She holds a Economics from the LMU Munich and spend several years living in China.


Sinolytics is a European research-based consultancy entirely focused on China with offices in Berlin, Zurich and Beijing. We uniquely blend in-depth research with a management consulting approach to problem solving. We operate at the nexus of policy and business to analyze the impact of China’s economic policy, industrial policy, technology policy, public policy and trade policy as well as intensifying areas of regulatory compliance such as cybersecurity/data protection, environment or the corporate social credit system on foreign business. Sinolytics also puts a special focus on the opportunities and challenges arising from China’s rapid technological and digital transformation. In these fields, we consult MNCs, SMEs, investors and public sector agencies providing in-depth research and expert analysis to enable well-informed China strategy development and decision-making.


This event is organized in association with SwissCham Shanghai Digitalization Committee and the Future of Money series.


Café des Sciences

Shanghai | Every third Thursday each month

Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Startups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces. To view past events, please click here.