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NOVA Blockchain Lab

Blockchain Topo

The Blockchain Lab at NOVA IMS is a pioneering center of excellence at the intersection of blockchain technology and data science. Our mission is to empower the next generation of data-driven professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to harness the transformative potential of blockchain. As a multidisciplinary research and innovation hub, we foster creativity and collaboration among students, faculty, and industry partners. The Blockchain Lab at NOVA IMS is committed to shaping the future of data-driven innovation through blockchain technology. Join us in exploring the limitless possibilities of this transformative field.


  • 1. Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Advanced exploration of blockchain technology and the creation and management of smart contracts.
  • 2. Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Study of blockchain-based financial systems that operate without centralized intermediaries, including cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer lending, and other forms of decentralized financing.
  • 3. Blockchain Governance: Analysis of governance models for blockchain networks, including the role of governance in the stability, security, and evolution of blockchain networks.
  • 4. Blockchain Security: Investigation of security techniques to protect transactions and data in blockchain systems, including fraud prevention and cybersecurity attacks.
  • 5. Tokenomics: Analysis of economic models surrounding cryptocurrencies and tokens, including ICOs, asset tokenization, and crypto-asset economics.
  • 6. Sustainable Development and Blockchain: Exploration of how blockchain can contribute to sustainable development goals, including solutions for environmental and social issues.
  • 7. Legality and Regulation in Blockchain: Study of the legal and regulatory implications of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, addressing compliance issues and global legislation.
  • 8. Blockchain Applications in Business and Industry: Study of practical applications of blockchain in different sectors such as logistics, supply chains, healthcare, and more.
  • 9. Blockchain Adoption and Integration: Behavioral aspects of blockchain adoption for various application domains within industries as well as among end-users and potential prosumers.
  • 10. Blockchain for Digital Identity and Privacy: Investigation of the use of blockchain for digital identity management and solutions to enhance user data privacy and security.

Ongoing projects

Decentralize Portugal with Blockchain

The Agenda "Decentralize Portugal with Blockchain”, brought together several blockchain organizations, creating a cluster of 24 Portuguese blockchain companies, 15 Research and Technology Organizations (RTO), 5 Public Entities, 2 Associations and 10 other Associated Partners, connected by business and technology, aiming to become global players and, thus, contributing to a significant change in the specialization profile of the Portuguese economy, by investing on cutting-edge technology and hiring highly qualified personnel. Launching 26 innovative products worldwide and increasing Portuguese exports (more than two thirds of envisioned sales are to foreign countries).

Blockchain PT

COMMUNITAS is a large-scale international project, aimed at fostering “Renewable Energy Communities” (RECs) and “Citizen Energy Communities” (CECs), promoting energy prosumership of EU citizens, and, consequently, pursuing sustainable development in the energy sector. NOVA IMS is an official partner of the project, dealing with the implementation of target blockchain-based information tools, such as P2P energy trading platform and demand response (DR) technology, as well as the contribution to scientific research in the areas of public attitudes and adoption of the above-mentioned services. More information on the project is available here.


The Bee2WasteCrypto project aims to develop a differentiating and intuitive IT tool, which, based on high resolution data on waste production, allows Regional Waste Management Entities (RWMUs) to design and manage optimal decentralized solutions for each region, and even promoting more sustainable waste production and sorting behavior. NOVA IMS Blockchain lab team is part of the project, already developed consumer behavior change model assisting further an IT system to facilitate financial schemes (PAYT and/or SAYT), together with the use of blockchain technologies to produce credible information; creating a “Token”, eventually based on a cryptocurrency, intended remunerate individual sustainable behavior in returning waste for recycling or reuse, as well as to promote PAYT solutions. Find out more about the project here!


The +VALORCER project, funded by the PRR - Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência, aims to optimize and foster grain producers’ performance, improve the sustainability, and promote agricultural sector image in the eyes of consumers through the implementation of blockchain traceability platform, in-depth research, and counselling of the companies’ top-management. With the participation of over 17 producers' organizations in the grain sector, the project involves more than 12,500 farmers across the country. The contribution of NOVA IMS Blockchain lab accounts for the assessment of the current state, research, and technology development to boost the agricultural industry in Portugal. See the current updates about the project here.



Our mission is to empower the next generation of data-driven professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to harness the transformative potential of blockchain. As a multidisciplinary research and innovation hub, we foster creativity and collaboration among students, faculty, and industry partners.


  • 1. Hands-On Learning: Students gain practical experience through workshops, projects, and real-world use cases, equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in the evolving digital landscape;
  • 2. Cutting-Edge Research: We are at the forefront of blockchain research, exploring novel applications and advancing the fundamental understanding of this revolutionary technology;
  • 3. Industry Partnerships: We collaborate closely with leading blockchain companies and organizations, providing students with valuable networking opportunities and exposure to real-world challenges;
  • 4. Innovation Hub: Our lab is a space for brainstorming, ideation, and prototyping, enabling the development of blockchain-based solutions that address pressing data-related issues;
  • 5. Blockchain Education: We offer a comprehensive curriculum, including courses, seminars, and certification programs, ensuring that our students are well-prepared for careers in blockchain and data science;
  • 6. Community Engagement: We host events, conferences, and meetups, fostering a vibrant community of blockchain enthusiasts, researchers, and practitioners;
  • 7. Ethical and Responsible Blockchain Use: We emphasize the importance of ethics and sustainability in blockchain applications, promoting responsible adoption and development.