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2023 Doctoral Colloquium


The iConference Doctoral Colloquium has long provided doctoral students the opportunity to present their work and engage with their peers and faculty members in a setting that is relatively informal, but allows for high-quality intellectual interactions.

We plan to offer a total of three Doctoral Colloquia, one for each of our three regions - Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, and Americas. We feel this regional approach will help us better target the needs of our student participants. While the Doctoral Colloquia for the Asia Pacific and Americas region will be virtual, the European Doctoral Colloquium will take place physically in Barcelona, Spain, there will not be a European virtual session.

Note that participation in the European Doctoral Colloquium is not restricted to participants from Europe only. We want to give all applicants the choice to pick the type of session that is most convenient for them, and welcome applications from across the globe to join us in Barcelona if you are able to travel.

During the iConference 2023, participation in the Doctoral Colloquia will be restricted to those students who have applied and been accepted; the colloquia will not be open to observers. 

Applications to participate in our Doctoral Colloquia are encouraged from any and all doctoral students. We are seeking broad representation, and participation is not limited to students from member iSchools; Ph.D. students from any university are encouraged to apply.


Student participants in each of our doctoral colloquia will be selected by a faculty review committee. Application materials will be submitted as a single pdf document to our ConfTool submission site by Oct. 20, 2022. All materials must be in English, and include the following two sections:

Section 1: A short introductory statement explaining:

  • who the applicant is, their institutional affiliation, supervisors, and (provisional) thesis title;
  • the applicant's region, i.e. Asia Pacific, Europe, or Americas (note that students in Africa should apply for the Europe region);

- Applicants for the European Doctoral Colloquium session are expected to participate physically in Barcelona, Spain. Note, if you are an applicant from Europe who is unable to travel to Barcelona but would like to participate in a Doctoral Colloquium Session anyway, feel free to apply to either the Doctoral Colloquium in the Asia Pacific or Americas region.

- Applicants outside of Europe are welcome to participate physically. Please indicate your interest in the application.

  • the applicant’s interest in the colloquium;
  • the applicant’s current stage of their graduate career (beginning, completion of required courses or initial candidacy stage, full doctoral status, data collection and analysis, about to submit thesis etc);
  • an explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the doctoral colloquium.

Section 2: A research statement of no more than 500 words describing their dissertation project.

The doctoral colloquia co-chairs encourage student applicants to also submit their work for possible presentation in poster or paper sessions. These submissions will go through the regular conference review process.


In order to promote extended interaction among conference attendees and students, those accepted for the doctoral colloquia will be expected to meet the following obligations after they have been accepted:

  • Register for the iConference during the early-bird period, and participate throughout the entire iConference.
  • Prepare a 5-page (single spaced) dissertation research summary document.
  • Prepare a brief presentation to be made during the event.
  • Read and critique selected research summaries of their fellow doctoral colloquium participants.
  • Prepare questions they would like to ask of doctoral colloquium mentors, either formally in the panel or informally during the day. 
  • Applicants for the European Doctoral Colloquium session are expected to participate physically in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Applicants outside of Europe are welcome to participate physically. Please indicate your interest in the application.

More detail on participation will be provided in the acceptance notifications.


  • Submission Portal opens: May 23, 2022
  • Submission deadline: Oct. 20, 2022
  • Decision notification date: mid Nov., 2022


All submissions will be made using the secure ConfTool submission system, starting May 23, 2022.

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs


Contact the chairs listed above with questions about this track.

Contact regarding iConference 2023 in general. 




Papers Publisher

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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