Call for Papers

September 2023, Bank of Italy


We are delighted to invite you to submit your original research contributions to the 9th P2P Financial Systems International Workshop (P2PFISY 2023). This year’s workshop will be held at the Bank of Italy, in Rome, in September 2023.

The P2P Financial Systems Workshop (P2PFISY) is a cutting-edge international event which dates back to the year 2015 when it was kicked off at the Deutsche Bundesbank by Dr. Paolo Tasca. It is an international workshop bringing together industry leaders, regulators and scholars interested in Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and decentralised financial systems to share their experiences, research and policy analyses. P2PFISY is widely regarded as the premier Workshop for future of finance discussions and attended by top academics, central bankers and innovators. Over the years, it has been hosted by prestigious institutions, including the Federal Reserve Bank  of Cleveland, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the European Central Bank.


Objective of the workshop

The P2PFISY 2023 will emphasise the evolving landscape of Decentralised Emerging Digital Technologies and their implications for:

  1. Instant Payments and Open Finance
  2. Sustainable Finance and ESG Integration

This year’s workshop will provide a platform for regulators, academics, and practitioners to delve deeper into the accelerating shift towards digital and decentralised financial systems. The event aims to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the ongoing transformation and to explore potential future developments, dynamics, and risks in order to foster a robust, integrated, and innovative financial landscape in Europe and around the world.

By focusing on themes such as instant payments, the transition from PSD2 to PSD3, and the broader implications of open finance, P2PFISY 2023 will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapid digitisation of financial services. Additionally, the workshop will examine the increasing importance of sustainable finance and the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions, as well as the role of decentralised technologies in promoting financial stability and inclusion.

Through engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and collaborative networking opportunities, participants will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, best practices, and emerging solutions in the field of decentralised finance and digital technologies.


Workshop themes

The workshop organisers invite authors – whether from academia, public institutions (including central banks), special interest groups or the private sector – to submit policy-oriented, theoretical and/or empirical papers. These papers should be original contributions and clearly focus on decentralised emerging digital technologies covering at least one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: DeFi

Exploring the impact, opportunities, and challenges of real-time payment systems on financial markets, ecosystems, and cross-border transactions. We welcome contributions pertaining to:

  1. Regulatory challenges and opportunities in implementing instant payments
  2. The potential for instant payments to increase financial inclusion
  3. Security aspects and risk management in real-time payment systems
  4. Innovations in instant payment technology and user experience
  5. The role of instant payments in facilitating cross-border transactions and remittances
  6. Integration of instant payments with blockchain and other emerging technologies
  • Theme 2: The Path Towards PSD3 (from Open Banking to Open Finance)

As we move towards a more open financial landscape, research in this area is crucial. We are interested in papers that examine the transition from the current Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) to a potential PSD3, examining the evolution of financial services regulation and the transition from open banking principles to a broader open finance landscape, particularly covering:

  1. Expansion of open banking principles to other financial services
  2. Customer data protection, privacy, and consent management
  3. The role of regulatory sandboxes in fostering innovation
  4. Interoperability and standardisation challenges in open finance
  5. The impact of PSD3 on competition, innovation, and consumer choice
  6. Collaborative approaches to regulation and industry-led initiatives


  • Theme 3: ESG in Digital Finance and Emerging Digital Technologies

Understanding the role of decentralised technologies in promoting sustainable finance and incorporating environmental, social, and governance factors into investment decisions. Submitted papers may cover the following topics:

  1. The role of blockchain and digital assets in sustainable finance
  2. ESG data, reporting, and analytics in the age of decentralisation
  3. Tokenisation of green and social bonds
  4. Decentralised finance (DeFi) platforms for sustainable investments
  5. Climate risk and resilience in digital financial systems
  6. Regulatory frameworks and incentives for promoting ESG integration


  • Theme 4: Ensuring Financial Stability and Inclusivity

Addressing the challenges and opportunities of decentralised finance and digital technologies in promoting financial stability and fostering inclusivity. Submissions should focus on:

  1. The impact of decentralised finance on financial stability
  2. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and their role in financial inclusion
  3. Innovations in financial services for the unbanked and underbanked
  4. Digital identity and trust frameworks for inclusive finance
  5. The role of fintech in reducing the gender gap in financial services
  6. Balancing innovation and regulation to ensure systemic stability and consumer protection



Each submission should include an abstract, as well as the name and email address of a nominated author who will present the paper at the workshop. The abstracts of around 1,000 words (and preferably the completed papers) should be in English. Any mention of the authors’ names or affiliations should be removed from the submitted paper. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the P2P Financial Systems workshop. The Call for Papers will be opened in June 2023.


Selection process and workshop participation

The workshop’s Scientific Committee will blindly review all abstracts/papers submitted by the deadline in terms of their quality, their policy relevance and the potential level of interest, while ensuring an overall balance of topics, stakeholder interests and approaches. By submitting their papers, authors also agree to revise them based on the discussion at the conference and to allow them to be published on the conference website.


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for abstracts/papers: 23 July 2023
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 August 2023.

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