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Distributed Ledger Technologies in the Natural Economy Course

This course is for any natural economy/agri-food sector professional or student interested in how distributed ledger technologies (DLT – of which blockchain is a type) can be applied in the sector. Created by SRUC’s Dr Hannah Rudman when she previously worked for DLT platform developer Wallet.Services, this course was funded by a Universities Innovation Fund grant to SRUC, provided by the Scottish Funding Council. Hannah is now Senior Challenge Research Fellow at SRUC and can be contacted at hannah.rudman@sruc.ac.uk.

1 Session 1

Session 1: Distributed Ledger Technologies 101
Covering the strategic technological value of distributed ledger technologies (DLT), their benefits for customers, and efficiencies for organisations. We’ll cover the basics of different types of DLT such as blockchain.

Learning Outcomes
• Understanding of the impact of DLT in general.
• Be able to confidently make strategic business decisions/recommendations around implementing DLT solutions from an informed position.

2 Session 2

Session 2: DLT Use cases across sectors
General use cases and case studies from all sectors. This session gives an overview of the breadth of successful and in production use cases and applications of DLT.

Learning Outcomes
• Understanding of the impact of DLT in general.
• Be able to confidently make strategic business decisions/recommendations around implementing DLT solutions from an informed position.

3 Session 3

Session 3: Natural economy DLT use cases
Use cases and case studies from the agricultural, natural economy and food and drink sectors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have insight into how DLT could improve natural products and business.
  • Consider the impact of the technology in the sector.
  • Recognise common themes across use cases.