Doctoral Consortium


The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a forum for PhD students to present their work, to receive feedback and guidance by experienced researcher in the field. It is an opportunity to discuss first results, future plans, stumbling blocks and difficulties towards finishing their PhD research. It is a closed event where only PhD students can participate. Interested students should submit an extended research abstract (up to 4 pages) describing:

  • The research topic (context, motivation, most important related work)
  • The research question you are trying to answer
  • The work so far (any studies or initial work)
  • The methods used so far
  • The planned next steps
  • A short description of what you will bring and add (from your diverse perspective) to the DC, and what you hope to gain

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected on the basis of quality and the benefit students may derive from participating in the DC. Preference will be given to: students who have already worked at least 9 months on their PhD, and who have more than 9 months of work left to do. We strongly encourage applications from those with diverse backgrounds to increase the diversity of thought and perspective within the DC and IDC community.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 30 March 2020 23:59 PST
  • Notification: 13 April 2020 17 April 2020
  • Early Registration: 30 April 2020
  • Doctoral Consortium Day: 21 June 2020

Submission Instructions

  • Submit to: 
  • A 4-page abstract (PDF file following the SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format published on the ACM library)
  • A brief recommendation letter from their main thesis advisor supporting the candidate’s application. Those accepted to the Doctoral Consortium will automatically be selected as Student Volunteers and will receive some financial assistance to participate in the conference.


Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU, Norway

Netta Iivari, University of Oulu, Finland

Maria Roussou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Jerry Alan Fails, Boise State University, USA