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14–18 March, 2020 August 13–14, 2020 • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation

PhD students working in the areas of information seeking behaviour (IB), information seeking (IS), human computer interaction (HCI), and information retrieval (IR) are invited to submit their proposals for participation in a Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Saturday, 14 March, 2020, in conjunction with the 5th ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2020) in Vancouver, Canada.

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

PhD students with accepted proposals are expected to present their research at the Doctoral Consortium. We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research topics relevant to the CHIIR community. Participants will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and from the interaction with peers being at a similar stage of their careers.


PhD students interested in engaging in detailed discussions on their research at the Doctoral Consortium are invited to submit a 4-page paper (maximum) describing their thesis work and, in particular, provides clear discussions on:

When submitting the paper, please indicate the stage of your progress within the PhD program, e.g., year of study, pre-proposal.

The submitted paper should be discussed with the students’ respective PhD supervisors before submission. It should adhere to the submission guidelines for the CHIIR conference, available at: http://sigir.org/chiir2020/guidelines.html

Review Process

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium jury. The review of the reported research in each proposal will take into account its originality, its potential for advancing the CHIIR related research, and whether the work is at a stage where the student can benefit from participating in the consortium. Rejected submissions will receive written feedback. Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained throughout the review process.


Authors will be notified of the result of their submission by 10 December 2019. Accepted doctoral candidates will receive instructions on how to submit a camera-ready copy of their proposal, and will receive information on the preparation of the presentation and poster.

Acceptance to the Doctoral Consortium is an honour. In turn, accepted candidates are expected to fully commit themselves to the success of the consortium by being open to new ideas and suggestions and providing ideas and suggestions to other participants.

Accepted DC student participants will be encouraged to apply for ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grants to assist with their travel to CHIIR 2020. More information about the travel awards is available at: http://sigir.org/general-information/travel-grants/

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