Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are currently exploring a number of options to transition the 2020 ITiCSE Doctoral Consortium into a fully online experience, is supported by generous funding from ACM-Europe. Details will be circulated to the accepted participants.

Important dates for the doctoral consortium

Submission deadline8 March
Notification30 March
Doctoral consortium16 June
Remainder of ITiCSE 202017 – 18 June

The ITiCSE 2020 doctoral consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates studying computing education to explore and develop their research interests in a workshop environment with a panel of established researchers in the field. We invite doctoral candidates to apply for this opportunity to share their work with a community of candidates in a similar situation. This is an excellent opportunity to get feedback on a research topic, or ideas on future direction, from senior researchers in the field.

Candidates at any level of their doctoral study can apply so long as they will not have graduated before the event.

Applicants who are selected will receive up to €450 (EUR) to support their travel, accommodation and subsistence (i.e., food) expenses

Contact the DC chairs, iticse2020dc@easychair.org for further information.

What is the doctoral consortium?

The DC has the following objectives:

  • To provide a supportive setting for feedback on doctoral research and research direction.
  • To offer each candidate comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and other candidates outside their own institution.
  • To promote the development of a supportive community of scholars.
  • To support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on research and academic career paths.
  • To have candidates contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

Candidates attending the DC will be required to present a poster at the main conference, allowing them to start networking with the wider ITiCSE community. Further details on this will be given following acceptance. The poster is part of the DC process, and is not submitted in the posters track.

The DC will be held on Tuesday 16 June 2020, and accepted candidates are expected to participate in the rest of the conference until Thursday 18 June 2020. Candidates at any stage of their doctoral studies are welcome to apply and attend.

Application for DC participation

An application for Doctoral Consortium should be a single PDF consisting of two sections:

1. A two-page research description (the extended abstract) covering central aspects of your PhD work, which must use the ACM Template. Only one author should be named on this description: the candidate applying for participation in the DC. If accepted, this research description will be published in the conference proceedings, and should therefore be written to a high standard.

For more detail on the formatting of this part, see Formatting requirements on the Call for Participation page.

Key points may include the following, with the recommended section headings in italics:

  • an Abstract of approximately 50 words which gives readers a preview of your work;
  • Context and Motivation that drive your dissertation research;
  • a miniature Background/Literature Review of key works that frame your research;
  • a hypothesis and/or Problem Statement;
  • Research Goals;
  • Research Methods;
  • current and expected Contributions;
  • a list of References.

2. The following appendices. While these will not be published, they will be used by the selection committee to identify suitable participants for the DC. These do not need to conform to any particular template:

  • Appendix A: a letter of nomination from your primary dissertation advisor, indicating support for your participation in the DC, as well as the university doctoral programme context in which your work is being conducted, an explanation of how your work connects with the ITiCSE community, and the expected timeline for the completion of your doctorate.
  • Appendix B: your concise current curriculum vitae (1-2 pages).

Submitting a DC proposal

Once you have assembled – and checked – your PDF file, follow the instructions on Submission process at the foot of the Call for Participation page, being sure to choose the Doctoral consortium submission category.

Doctoral consortium review process

The review and decision of acceptance will balance many factors. This includes the quality of your proposal, and where you are within your doctoral education program. It also includes external factors, so that the group of accepted candidates will exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics. Your institution will also be considered: we are unlikely to accept more than two candidates from the same institution. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy (your two-page extended abstract only), and will receive information about attending the DC, about preparing your presentation and poster, about registering for the conference, travel arrangements, and reimbursement details. Registration benefits are contingent on attending the DC.

Before the conference

Since the goals of the doctoral consortium include building scholarship and community, participants will be expected to read the extended abstracts of all accepted participants: being accepted into the consortium involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary.

At the conference

All participants are expected to attend all components of the doctoral consortium.

Within the DC, all candidates will present their work to the group, with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other candidates. Participants will practice presenting their poster, and receive feedback from the group.

Following the DC, all accepted candidates are required to present a poster of their work at the main conference.

In addition to the conference poster, each participant is encouraged to bring a one-page description of their research (perhaps a small version of the poster using letter or A4 paper) for sharing with faculty mentors, other participants, and conference attendees.

After the conference

Accepted doctoral consortium abstracts will be published with the conference proceedings in the ACM digital library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the doctoral consortium chairs, iticse2020dc@easychair.org.