Log in

Leading and Promoting the Information Field

Log in

Early Career Colloquium

Update: Decision notifications have been sent to all submitting authors. If for some reason you did not recieve the email, log into your ConfTool account to check results. iConference 2020 registration is now open. 


ECC Overview

The purpose of the iConference 2020 Early Career Colloquium (ECC) is to provide a high-quality learning and networking opportunity for early career researchers who work in an iSchool, a similar department, or want to work in an iSchool (e.g., Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors). Within the colloquium, participants will share their experiences and expectations with iSchool peers and other iConference delegates. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their possibilities for a future career in an iSchool.

The Early Career Colloquium is open to scholars within 5 years of completing their Ph.D. Early Career Scholars (maximum of 20 participants) will be chosen through a competitive application process for participation.

ECC applications will be submitted to our secure submissions website

Return to Top

Goals and Format of the ECC

The theme of this year's colloquium is Mobility Across iSchools and Continents: Research, Teaching and Working at iSchools - an International Perspective. The colloquium aims to supporting participants in: 

  • Developing research agendas that lead toward an impressive record of inquiry (e.g., how to build a publication strategy) 
  • Building professional activities such as grant-writing, peer editing, and building a publishing trajectory (e.g., how to apply for grants) 
  • Supporting strong data analysis skills and evidence-based arguments in research 
  • Expanding the professional networks of participants through interactions with other early career scholars, mentors, experienced researchers, and journal editors 
  • Finding answers to questions that early career researchers may have such as: moving from post doc to tenure position; balancing teaching and research; time management; managing student assistants; tenure track process. 

The ECC is designed as a half-day event. In the colloquium, we will focus on collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse with peers and a panel of experienced faculty serving as mentors. 

Main activities include: 

  1. Sharing and discussing how to manage an early career from various perspectives (e.g., chair/director, professors, early career researchers). 
  2. Small group career path consultancies with peers and mentors
  3. Opportunities for group and individual consultation and networking between Early Career Scholars as well as with Doctoral Consortium Scholars and senior colleagues.
  4. Meeting with Journal Editors to discuss the writing and reviewing process in journals. 

Prior to the workshop, a few preparatory activities are required to enable us to use the time within the workshop as best as possible. 

Return to Top

Application and Selection Process

The ECC at iConference 2020 is open to scholars within 5 years since completing their Ph.D. at the time of application submission. Scholars with involvement in iSchool related research are encouraged to apply.

Each application should contain the following within one .pdf document in the following order, and be submitted through the secure conference submission system:

  1. A title page with your name your institution, your personal webpage, your e-mail address, and your mailing address.
  2. A 1-page personal statement that includes: (a) your research topic and/or specialization (e.g., research questions); (b) current status of your career; (c) your career objectives; (d) why you want to participate in the early career workshop; (e) what specific issues or challenges with your research and career you would like to explore further in the colloquium; and (f) what you see as you main contribution to the workshop.  
  3. Add your career questions. 
  4. Add your current CV. 

Due date for application submission is Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 

Selection process 

Participants of the Early Career Colloquium will be selected on the basis of their application; perceived relevance and potential contribution to the researcher and to the field of iSchool related work, and their anticipated contribution to the colloquium goals. The applications will be reviewed by two international reviewers. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of groups of participants whose research career is at a stage that can best benefit from the colloquium and who reflect individual excellence and motivation while at the same time contributing to the colloquium objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

Return to Top

ECC Chairs


Questions about the Early Career Colloquium should be directed to the Chairs listed above.

General questions about the iConference 2020 should be directed to

Questions about the iSchools and the overall iConference series should be sent to iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.



    Learn how you can become an

    iConference sponsor.

    Papers Publisher

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


    • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

    Keep up to date

    By Email

    Click here to receive iConference News & Updates via email. These include participation calls, deadline reminders, and program updates. We typically send no more than one message a month, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up now.

    By Social Media

    Follow the iConference on

    Follow us on

    iSchools Inc.
    2885 Sanford Ave. SW, Box 40576
    Grandville, MI 49418

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software