Doctoral Consortium at DIS2021

The DIS 2021 Doctoral Consortium provides current doctoral candidates unique opportunities to present their projects to receive feedback from, and engage in exchanges with researchers and peers in design-related fields from around the world, in a stimulating, open, and safe environment.

Important dates

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Doctoral Consortium submission deadline: March 12, 2021
Notification for Doctoral Consortium: April 8, 2021
Doctoral Program: June 28-July 2, 2021 (DAY TBC)

You must be enrolled in a design-related discipline as a doctoral candidate at the time of submitting your application and at the time of the conference. You will get most value from attending if you are already in possession of a clear direction for your thesis but have not yet finished your research. However, people at other stages may be considered. We are expecting to accept up to 10-12 candidates.

As part of submissions to the Doctoral Consortium, we invite you to consider the conference theme, “Nowhere and Everywhere” With this theme, we encourage in particular submissions that deal with what is lacking in our on-line presence, such digital touch, internet of senses, being here with others despite being apart. But we also welcome all other design-related research topics.

Preparing and Submitting

Submissions must be done through the Precision Conference submission system (PCS).

Document 1: PhD Abstract

The first document should be a 4 page extended abstract (not including references) of your PhD, using SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format. Please use US letter (not A4).

  • Word Extended Abstracts template (.docx format)
  • LaTeX Extended Abstracts template (.zip archive)
  • LaTeX Extended Abstracts template on

Document 2: Supporting Materials

The supporting document should include the following (you may format the documents as you see fitting):

  • A short CV (max 1 page).
  • A list of three key readings that have influenced your PhD, with a short description for each reading (max 1 page).
  • A brief statement of support from your PhD supervisor, which includes a statement of where you are in your PhD process (max 200 words).
  • A written statement of commitment to do the requested preparation ahead of attending such as committing to attend and submitting slides ahead of the event.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Chairs. Participation in the Doctoral Consortium will be limited to candidates who have been accepted into the Consortium. You will be notified of the outcome by April 8, 2021.


If you are accepted to the Doctoral Consortium, we will send you registration instructions. Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is free of charge to the invited participants. If you are presenting and/or participating in any other part of DIS 2021, you will need to pay the student conference registration fee.

DIS2021 Doctoral Consortium Program Chairs

Caroline Hummels
Eindhoven University of Technology
Mark Blythe
Northumbria University
Kia Höök
KTH Royal Institute of Technology