Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertations).

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis/dissertation and research plans by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their research in the context of a well-known and established international conference, in a supportive atmosphere with other doctoral students and an international panel of established researchers. 

A panel of prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of digital library research will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the research and on the presentation. In the course of the workshop, students will also get the opportunity for one-on-one advice on students’ current research and guidance on future research directions as well as more general questions, e.g., on the differences in Ph.D. studies in different countries.

(Edited) There is no conference registration fee for the doctoral consortium for students who are accepted only to the doctoral consortium (i.e., are not authors of papers in the main conference). Students who are also authors on conference papers should consider applying for the SIGIR travel grant to cover author registration.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their Digital Library related research. Submissions relating to any aspect of Digital Library research, development, practice and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education. To apply for participation in the Doctoral Consortium, please submit an extended abstract of your doctoral work. The extended abstract is restricted to 6 pages in the IEEE Proceedings template and must be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:

Submissions are due on 28 June 2021.  If you have questions, please contact the chairs prior to the due date:
Xiao Hu, The University of Hong Kong
George Buchanan, University of Melbourne
Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia