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29 Mar 2019

A Message from the President of The British Blockchain Association

Dr. Naseem Naqvi

29 March 2019: It gives me great pleasure to share some fantastic updates from the month of March!

On 12 March, The British Blockchain Association hosted the World's first, "Scholars in Blockchain" International Scientific Conference (ISC2019) at  London ExCel. It was a unique event in many aspects: Blockchain researchers, academics, industry experts and thought leaders flew from all parts of the world and gathered under one roof to advance Evidence Based Blockchain, Peer review, and Scientific Publishing.

We had 11 high quality, peer reviewed, blockchain research presentations from scholars at some of the most prestigious universities and academic institutions around the globe; UCL CBT, Kings College London, Edinburgh Napier University, NHS Digital, The University of Manchester, University of Essex, et al.

There were 5 excellent interactive panel discussions, with speakers from IBM, EEA, MIT, Open University, Bowie State University USA, Ripple, The TIMES, World Trade Organisation, International Chamber of Commerce, APPG, Blockchain Climate Institute, IOTA Foundation and FINTECH Circle, to name a few. Our International Affairs Advisor Ms. Michelle Chivunga was the conference Host, and did a great job of ensuring the conference runs smoothly. Thank you also to our ISC Conference Ambassadors for their help. You can checkout some of the ISC pics here:
https://medium.com/@britblockchain

ISC2019 was also unique in a sense that it was a Fully Accredited, externally evaluated, educational event approved for 6 Continuing Professional CPD Credits (CPD) by UK CPD Certification Services. At the time of writing of this message, all delegates and speakers should have received their CPD certificates.

All research presentations at the ISC2019 were evaluated against the assessment grid, by an esteemed panel of Judges. It was a great pleasure to award the prizes and certificates to abstract researchers and I am thankful to Mr. Laurent Preud'homme from Embassy of Belgium for being our honourable guest at the awards ceremony. I would also like to thank our Academic Partners (Web3 Labs, BBC Global News, Edinburgh Napier University, Open university, Ulster University, University of Burgundy and FINTECH Circle, for their support of the ISC2019.

Last year, we started the Fellowship of the British Blockchain Association to reward the excellent work of exceptional individuals who have made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to the field of Blockchain and distributed Ledger Technologies. We received 217 nominations, of which 38 were self-nominations. To be eligible for the award of Fellowship, candidate must have fulfilled at least 8 out of the 11 essential eligibility criteria. The names of the newly elected Fellows were announced at the ISC:

https://www.britishblockchainassociation.org/blog/distinguished-academics-appointed-to-the-fellowship-of-the-british-blockchain-association

The newly appointed Fellows (Professor Bill Buchanan, Professor John Domingue and Professor Marc Pilkington received their awards from Dr. Mureed Hussain, the Secretary of The British Blockchain Association. The next round of Fellowship applications have been commenced. The application submission deadline is 30 June 2019. For more information visit:

https://www.britishblockchainassociation.org/fellowship

The 3rd Edition of The JBBA is due to be published soon. We have some fantastic original research articles this round. There are some limited sponsorship spaces available on the Journal's front cover. If you wish to support the work we are doing at the BBA and like to sponsor the JBBA, please get in touch with our Managing Editor at Editorial@thejbba.com.

Lastly, a word of caution: it has been brought to our attention that some associations are using names similar to 'British Blockchain Association' and are posing in a deceptive manner by impersonating the BBA social media user names and Twitter handle. Some of these associations are offering 'free' "British Blockchain" Association memberships. We have also been made aware of incidents where individuals reached out to events' organisers claiming to be the 'advisors', 'spokespersons' and 'ambassadors' of the BBA. We would advise our members to exercise caution and always refer to The BBA's official website to view the list of our current Advisory Board.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to reach out to the BBA Administration Assistant, Ms. Jay Guest at: admin@britishblockchainassociation.org.

Best wishes,

Naseem

Dr. Naseem Naqvi
FBBA FRCP(Edin) FRCP(Glasg) FHEA(UK) MAcadMed(UK) PGCertMedEd(UK) MRCP(UK)
President
The British Blockchain Association
Email: naseem@britishblockchainassociation.org





 

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