21st International Conference on Business Process Management

Call for Blockchain Forum

Utrecht, the Netherlands, September 12 – 14, 2023

Call for Papers

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 organizations such as government, enterprises, healthcare, etc. We encourage contributions from both inside and outside the BPM community alike—the emphasis is on relevance for organizations, 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 challenging 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 analyze 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:

  • Modeling 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 optimization 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 utilizing the blockchain
  • Novel paradigms for information systems design utilizing the blockchain
  • Linking blockchain platform properties with business and compliance goals
  • Novel business collaboration models enabled by blockchain
  • Blockchain and ethical business practices
  • Inter-organizational, cross-chain communications among parties in a collaborative process
  • Vertical applications of blockchain-based collaborative information systems (e.g., healthcare, supply chain, finance, logistics)
  • Flexibility in blockchain-based process execution.

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

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers within the forum’s topics. 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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bpm2023

Journal Fast Tack Selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue on blockchain of the EMISA Journal https://emisa-journal.org.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 23 May 2023 30 May 2023
Paper submission: 30 May 2023 6 June 2023
Notification: 30 June 2023 8 July 2023
Camera-ready submission: 14 July 2023 18 July 2023
Blockchain Forum: 12 – 14 September 2023


  • Julius Köpke, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Orlenys López Pintado, University of Tartu, Estonia

PC Members

  • Marco Comuzzi, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Claudio Di Ciccio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • José María García, University of Seville, Spain
  • Luciano García-Bañuelos, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Walid Gaalou, Computer Science Department Télécom Sud Paris, France
  • Marko Hölbl, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Felix Härer, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Kais Klai, Universit Paris 13, France
  • Nassim Laga, Orange Labs, France
  • Qinghua Lu, Data61 of CSIRO, Australia
  • Giovanni Meroni, DTU – Technical University of Denmark
  • Alex Norta, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Andrea Morichetta, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland
  • Stefan Schulte, TU Hamburg, Germany
  • Mark Staples, CSIRO, Australia
  • Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Horst Treiblmaier, MODUL University Vienna, Austria
  • Ingo Weber, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Kaiwen Zhang, École de technologie supérieure de Montréal, Canada