Session Title: "Panel: Blockchain Technology Application in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges"
Speaker:  Antonio Scrocco- Currently she is a PhD student, University of Foggia
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Session description: Blockchain technology (BCT), originally developed for mining of cryptocurrency, has a potential to solve the problem of data reliability, transparency, and traceability, thus guaranteeing the trustworthiness of information. Because of these characteristics, BCT has been applied in various different areas. Its benefit for the food and beverage supply chain is especially noteworthy. In this panel presentations we will be giving the overview to the attendees about BCT, its characteristics and impact on the different areas; We will describe the impact of BCT on the agri-food supply chain and we will highlight the potential of BCT in this field through case study and simulation. Finally, we will share the results of our ongoing project regarding BC application in wine industry on the example of three Italian wineries.

Bio: Antonio Scrocco is a PhD student in Translational Medicine and Health Systems Management at the University of Foggia. His research activity focuses on studying economic evaluation methodologies of healthcare treatments and new technologies in the health field. The purpose is to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of their applications, provide good practice suggestions to healthcare professionals, and build essential lines of future research. He has worked on several research projects in health economics in the last few years. Currently, he is also dissemination manager of the European project "SAFETY" on Clinical simulations in Emergency Medicine, funded by the Erasmus+ KA 2020 programme. He actively collaborates with research projects concerning Pharmacoeconomics and Orphan medicines, evaluation in HTAs and the cost-benefit analysis of implementing new healthcare and pharmacological treatment. His research interests focus on the economic evaluation of new healthcare technologies and treatments, particularly the budget impact analysis in public and private health sectors.