Doctoral Consortium of 35th European Conference on Information Retrieval 2013 (конференция)

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Call for Proposals for Doctoral Consortium

We invite doctoral students to the Doctoral Consortium held in conjunction with the main conference of ECIR 2013. The Doctoral Consortium aims to provide a constructive setting for presentations and discussions of doctoral students’ research projects with senior researchers and other participating students. The two main goals of the Doctoral Consortium are: 1) to advise students regarding current critical issues in their research; and 2) to make students aware of the strengths and weakness of their research as viewed from different perspectives. The Doctoral Consortium is aimed for students in the middle of their thesis projects; at minimum, students ought to have formulated their research problem, theoretical framework and suggested methods, and at maximum, students ought to have just initiated data analysis.


Seminar outline

The Doctoral Consortium will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the ECIR 2013 venue, and participation is by invitation only. The format is planned as follows: The doctoral students will present summaries of their work to other participating doctoral students and the senior researchers. Each presentation will be followed by a plenary discussion, and individual discussion with one senior advising researcher. The discussions in the group and with the advisors are intended to help the doctoral student to reflect on and carry on with their thesis work.


Participation to the Doctoral Consortium is free of charge.

Important dates

  • January 18, 2013: Deadline for research proposals
  • January 25, 2013: Notification of acceptance
  • February 15, 2013: Final version of proposals due
  • March 11, 2013: Presentation slides due
  • March 24, 2013: Doctoral Consortium


Please refer to the topics suggested at the main conference CFP.


Proposals must be written in English and formatted following the LNCS author guidelines ( The proposal must not exceed 6 pages including tables, figures, and references. The proposal must contain the following contents.

  • Title of research proposal, Name of student, Stage of degree (e.g., 2nd year PhD), Affiliation, Name of supervisor(s)
  • Abstract
  • Motivation
  • Research questions
  • (Planned or ongoing) Methodology
  • Progress made so far
  • Future plan
  • References


Please go to to submit your research proposal.

Selection Criteria

Depending on the number of submissions, we will accept 6 to 8 proposals. The doctoral consortium chairs will consider the following aspects of submissions when assessments are required.

  • Relevance to the topics written above
  • Stage of degree (2nd/3rd year students will be preferred to 1st or 4th/5th year students)
  • Clarity and coherency of research proposal


A seminar notebook will be compiled using the camera-ready copy of accepted research proposals. However, the research proposals will not be published.


Mentors will be chosen based on the areas of accepted research proposals and will be announced later.

Credit, certificate and grants

It is recommended that students participating in the Doctoral Consortium will be awarded 2 credits, ECTS or equivalent, by their home department. Students will be presented with a certificate upon completed participation in the Doctoral Consortium.


If you have any enquiries regarding the Doctoral Consortium, please contact the chairs.

Hideo Joho (hideo at and Dmitriy Ignatov (dmitrii.ignatov at ECIR 2013 Doctoral Consortium Chairs

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