Cryptocurrency and Blockchains Summer School

Summer School


To acquaint students with the fundamentals of blockchains, digital currency, smart contracts, decentralized finance, and other important FinTech topics, while providing an overview of the new academic literature in this area.  The importance of ideas such as crowdfunding, decentralization, algorithmic governance, and financial disintermediation will receive special attention.


This course will survey academic research in the emerging area of FinTech, an interdisciplinary field which studies the application of Information Technology to the Finance area. The FinTech movement began a decade ago with the publication of Nakamoto’s (2008) proposal for the first successful cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. However, it is now recognized that FinTech builds upon important antecedents such as Haber and Stornetta’s (1991) introduction of blockchains and distributed ledgers and Szabo’s (1997) ideas for smart contracts. We will survey the foundational literature of cryptocurrency, blockchains, smart contracts, consensus protocols, and related regulatory issues.  Applications of FinTech in areas such as corporate finance, central banking, investment management, real estate, supply chain management, and personal finance will be studied. We will also study crypto asset investment markets including recent developments in the derivative and NFT markets. We will draw upon the academic literature currently being featured in numerous research conferences and special issues of some of the leading peer reviewed journals.  We will conduct some hands-on data exercises using live FinTech data from public blockchains.

Please note that the Netherlands is a particularly active contributor to FinTech with important applications being introduced in locations such as the Port of Rotterdam:


This will be a pass/fail course requiring active preparation and participation by students.


A reading list of academic articles will be posted on the course website in .pdf form.

Additional info

For the timetable of this course, please click here. The timetable is in the local time of Rotterdam, which is CEST (UTC+02:00).

This course is given in a fully online format.

ERIM PhD candidates: Please register on OSIRIS student using your student ERNA.
ERIM faculty members: Please register on SIN Online.
External (non-ERIM) doctoral students: Please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to by 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Please note that the number of places for this course is limited. In case the number of registrations exceeds the number of available seats, priority is given to ERIM RM students and PhD candidates.

This course is free of charge for ERIM members (PhD candidates and faculty members) and Part-time PhD candidates of RSM. For external participants, the course fee is 250 euro per ECTS credit.