Doctoral Consortium: Call for Papers

As is now the tradition in CAiSE conference series, the CAiSE’21 conference will host a Doctoral Consortium. The Doctoral Consortium is intended to bring together PhD students working on foundations, techniques, tools and applications in the Information Systems Engineering field. The Doctoral Consortium will provide them with an opportunity to present their research to and discuss it with an audience of peers and senior faculty in a supportive environment, as well as to participate in a number of plenary sessions with Information Systems academics.

The goals of the Doctoral Consortium are to provide PhD students with the opportunity to:

  • Receive constructive feedback and advice on their research project,
  • Meet experts with different backgrounds working on topics related to the Information Systems Engineering field,
  • Interact with other PhD students and stimulate an exchange of ideas and suggestions among participants,
  • Discuss concerns about research, supervision, job market, and other career-related issues.

To be eligible for the Doctoral Consortium, the candidate must be a current doctoral student within a recognized research institution. Ideally, candidates should have at least 12 months of work remaining before their expected completion, and at least 12 months of work already performed. However, all PhD students are eligible regardless of their doctoral stage.

Why submit to the CAiSE 2021 Doctoral Consortium?

The CAiSE 2021 Doctoral Consortium will be attended by renowned academics from the Information Systems Engineering field who will actively participate as mentors for the doctoral students presenting a paper at the Doctoral Consortium. Accepted papers will be published in the CEUR proceedings. CEUR proceedings are indexed in DBLP.

All participants of the CAiSE doctoral consortium will be subsequently eligible to submit their PhD thesis (after the degree is granted) for a CAiSE PhD Award.

Submission process

Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format by the stated deadline via the EasyChair conference system (select “CAiSE Doctoral Consortium”). Submissions must have a single author, but the name of the supervisors should be mentioned in the paper (usually in the Acknowledgments section). All submitted materials must be in English. Attendees must have sufficient proficiency in English for being allowed to participate in the academic discussions of the consortium.

Submission guidelines

The paper must:

  • clearly formulate the research question,
  • identify a significant problem in the field of research,
  • outline the current status of the problem domain and related solutions,
  • clearly present any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far,
  • describe the research methodology that is applied or planned,
  • outline the contributions of the applicant’s work to the problem domain and highlight their uniqueness,
  • conform to the Springer LNCS format,
  • contain up to 4000 words (approx. 8 pages in LNCS style).

Each submitted paper will be reviewed by two members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee. The main evaluation criteria are: relevance, originality, significance, technical soundness, accuracy, and clarity. Acceptance for the Doctoral Consortium is based on the evaluation criteria above.

Submissions should concern original research. Papers that have already been accepted or are currently under review for other conferences or journals will not be considered for publication.

Registration fee

The doctoral consortium is held in parallel with the main CAiSE conference on 30 June – 2 July 2021. There is no separate registration fee for participants in the doctoral consortium. Participants should register to the main conference by selecting either the “Main conference” option or another option that includes the main conference.

Questions and inquiries

Questions about eligibility and other inquiries can be sent to the CAiSE’21 Doctoral Consortium Chairs at


Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Xavier Franch, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Renata Guizzardi, University of Twente
Massimo Mecella, Sapienza University of Rome
Andreas L. Opdahl, University of Bergen
Oscar Pastor Lopez, Universitat Politècnica de València
Geert Poels, Ghent University
Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa
Janis Stirna, Stockholm University
Barbara Weber, University of St. Gallen
Jian Yang, Macquarie University

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Chun Ouyang, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Jolita Ralyté, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Important Dates

  • Abstracts: 14 April 2021
  • Submission: 18 April 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 May 2021
  • Camera-ready copy: 1 June 2021
  • Doctoral Consortium: 30 June – 2 July 2021

Dates are Anywhere on Earth (AoE).