Doctoral Consortium

As part of the Mensch und Computer (MuC) conference, we conduct a joint seminar for PhD students from the various sub-disciplines of human-computer interaction. The doctoral consortium (DC) will take place on-site on Sunday, September 3, 2023, before the conference. The entire seminar will be held in English.

The main purpose of the MuC DC is to create a space where participants can have in-depth discussions about their research and build a network of mentors and peers. Here, we invite the presentation of ongoing doctoral projects to discuss research questions, methodology, research gap, and storylines. Beyond supporting the progress of individual theses, we further promote exchange between PhD students and opportunities to engage with senior HCI mentors. 

To provide a safe space in an intimate group setting, the DC will be a closed event, open only to the selected participants and other invited attendees. If you are interested in participating, you should currently be working on a dissertation in the thematic area of the Mensch und Computer conference. 

The specific organization of the DC will be refined based on the participants selected. All DC participants will receive specific instructions about the presentation format; this format will vary depending on the event to foster discussion and maximize participant engagement.

Important Dates

All times are in the Central European Time (CET) time zone.  

  • Submission deadline: July 07, 2023 June 26, 2023
  • Notification date: July 17, 2023

Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal

To be considered for the DC, you must submit your DC proposal by the submission deadline. Your proposal should describe the context of your dissertation (motivation, problem, solution, preliminary results) on a maximum of four pages. 

Please use the template (see below) and include the following:

  • Your name, Advisor(s) name(s), and the university where you are conducting your doctoral work. Submissions should NOT be anonymous.
  • Current year of study and projected completion date (eventually plus information about the regulations of your PhD program regarding length, any part-time study, etc.)

Make sure  to address the following questions in your application:

  • Which problem do you solve? Why is this problem important? What do you want to find out?
  • Which steps do you plan to take, and how do you evaluate your results?
  • Which research papers (>3) are related most to your research? How does your work differ?
  • What have you found out so far? What’s next?
  • What’s still missing? Where do you need help? Where would you want to collaborate?

Submission takes place via the conference management system. The submitted proposals are only for the selection and preparation of all participants for the seminar and will not be published.

If you are invited to participate, you must register regularly for the day of the PhD seminar or for the whole conference – or apply to participate free of charge as a student volunteer.

  • Length of the proposal: four pages (excluding references) 
  • Format Template
    • Overleaf & LaTeX, and use \documentclass[sigconf,screen]{acmart}.
    • Word (as a single-column document)
  • Submission
    • short presentation on the context of your dissertation (motivation, problem, solution, (preliminary) results) on a maximum of four pages