The 2nd annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2017) is a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context.

The CHIIR Doctoral consortium, held in conjunction with the main conference, provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present and discuss their research with senior researchers and other doctoral students in a seminar format. The Doctoral consortium focuses on 1) advising students regarding current critical issues in their research, and 2) making students aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their research as viewed from different perspectives. The Doctoral consortium is targeted to students in year 2-3 of a 4-5 year PhD program, i.e. students should have about 2 years remaining in their PhD program.  At minimum, students ought to have formulated their research problem, theoretical framework and suggested methods, and at maximum, students will have just submitted some of the early PhD work for publication.

The Doctoral consortium will take place on March 7., 2017


On our list of mentors are so far: Dr. Pia Borlund, Dr. Katriina Byström, Dr. Rob Capra, Dr. Diane Kelly, Dr. Heather O'Brien, Dr. Ian Ruthven and Dr. Max Wilson.


Participation to the Doctoral consortium is included in the conference registration fee.


Students participating in the Doctoral consortium may apply for a limited number of travel grants. Information on how to apply for travel grants will made available to DC student participants.


  • 30 Sep. 2016 Deadline for research proposals
  • 13 Nov. 2016 Notification of acceptance


All topics within the main CHIIR submission call are acceptable as topics for the Doctoral consortium.


Proposals must be written in English and formatted using the ACM Conference style (for LaTeX or Word). Submissions should be made in PDF. The final version of accepted proposals will be included in the CHIIR proceedings. The proposal must be no longer than 3 pages and 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


Applications should be submitted electronically via the conference submission system.

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 chair, Katriina Byström.