Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop

ISIC 2016 Doctoral Workshop


Doctoral students are invited to submit an application for the participation in the Doctoral Workshop to be held in conjunction with the Information Seeking in Context Conference on Tuesday, 20.September. During the Workshop, doctoral students will be invited to share their current dissertation work-in-progress with their peers and with an international panel of research mentors invited to take part in the Workshop.


The Workshop has the following objectives:

  • To provide a setting for mutual feedback on participants’ current research, and guidance on future research directions;
  • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  • To contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.


Financial information

The Doctoral Workshop is free of charge. Participants in the workshop can attend the conference sessions for a discounted fee.


Criteria for selection

Participants for the Doctoral Workshop will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. Emphasis will be placed on forming a diverse group of high quality students with a view to selecting 20-24 participants. Students typically have settled on thesis directions, usually with a research proposal accepted by their thesis committee or departmental research committee. Further details on workshop activities will be available on the web site closer to the event.


How to apply

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Workshop, prepare a submission package consisting of the following:

  • Thesis Summary: Prepare a two-page thesis summary, which outlines the problem being addressed, the proposed work plan and a description of your progress to date. Include in your summary research problems you have encountered and would like to discuss at the workshop. The thesis summary must be written using Times New Roman font, size 12; single spacing; left side alignment; paragraph indenting of 1.5. It may contain diagrams or pictures only if necessary.
  • Short CV: This should include information typically found in a curriculum vitae, plus additional information on your background and relevant experience which may indicate your potential contribution to the workshop.
  • Contact details: Full name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the participant as well as for the advisor/supervisor with his/her institution included.
  • Letter of Recommendation from your thesis advisor or principal supervisor:  This must include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research, and an expected date for thesis submission.


All Doctoral Workshop Submissions should be submitted electronically to Easy Chair. Fill in the Contact details Form, Title, Abstract and Keywords Form and choose “Doctoral Workshop Submission” category. After that, two files should be uploaded.

  • The first file must be a Word document containing: the Thesis Summary, a short CV, as well as all contact details. Please upload it in the EasyChair file category “Thesis Summary + short CV
  • The second file to be uploaded is the Letter of Recommendation from your thesis advisor or principal supervisor. It should be hand signed and scanned as a  .pdf file


Important Doctoral Workshop Dates

Submission to doctoral workshop 10 March 2016
Notification of acceptance 17 April 2016
Deadline for final modified submission and supplemental information 20 June 2016
Doctoral workshop 20 September 2016


Further Information

Students accepted to participate in the workshop will be asked to provide supplemental information prior to the workshop that will help other participants understand the context of their research and the research challenges they wish to discuss at the workshop.

At the ISIC2016 Conference a special Poster Session is planned for doctoral student contributions. Your submitted thesis outline will automatically be entered for this poster session, unless you indicate otherwise. The guidelines for poster submissions will be provided later.” – June 14 update:  the special Poster Session is cancelled, this additional task for students is not necessary.

The Doctoral Workshop Thesis Papers and Posters will not be published as part of the Conference proceedings in Information Research, but we intend to publish the Doctoral Workshop Thesis Papers and Posters  as separate ISIC 2016 conference proceedings. Additionally, one possible outcome of the Workshop may be a decision to create an e-publication about the participants’ work. As part of the mentorship process characteristic of the Workshop, participants will receive feedback that will assist them with the publication of their work.

For additional information, contact the conference organizers or the Workshop convenors, Dr. Theresa Anderson ( or Dr. Ross Todd ( )

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