We invite PhD students from the general areas of databases (DB), information retrieval (IR), and knowledge management (KM) to submit their proposals for participation in a Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Tuesday, 20th October 2020 at the 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM2020) in Galway, Ireland.

We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research topics relevant to the CIKM community. The goal of the PhD Symposium is to provide a platform for PhD students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing research. Students at different stages of their research will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research questions, goals, methods and results. Participants will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and from the interaction with PhD peers being at a similar stage of their careers.


Submission for the doctoral consortium should be made in the form of a 4-page paper including references as PDF using the ACM camera-ready templates. Submissions are not blind, but are single author papers from the doctoral candidate with clearly stating the PhD supervisors (“supervised by …”). The submitted paper should be discussed with the PhD supervisor(s) before submission. Submission should be structured according to the following key points:

Problem The research problem being addressed
State of the art The relation of the work to the state of the art in CIKM-related topics (e.g. information retrieval, databases, machine learning, knowledge engineering)
Approach The proposed approach to the problem and why it is novel
Methodology The applied methodology used and how the results are evaluated
Results The results which have been achieved so far
Conclusion and Future Work The conclusion so far and how to go on with the PhD work

In addition, please provide a one-page appendix in which is described:

  • A brief statement about the topics and questions which the PhD student wants to discuss with his mentor and peers.
  • A brief statement by the students’ advisor(s) supporting the student’s participation in the PhD Symposium, describing the current status of the research, and providing an anticipated date for thesis completion.

The submitted paper should be discussed with the students’ respective PhD supervisors before submission. Papers should be submitted through the CIKM 2020 online submission system choosing the “Doctoral Consortium” track.

Selection Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the PhD Symposium Program Committee composed of experienced researchers, who can provide feedback and suggest future research directions.
All the accepted PhD Symposium papers (excluding the appendix) will be included in the main proceedings and made available through the ACM Digital Library. If accepted, it is mandatory to present the results at the Doctoral Consortium and take part in the discussion round.
Accepted DC student participants will be encouraged to apply for ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grants to support their travel to CIKM 2020. More information about the travel awards is available at: http://sigir.org/general-information/travel-grants/

Key Dates

Submission deadline 15th July 2020
Acceptance notification 15th August 2020
Camera-ready version due 22nd August 2020
Doctoral Consortium 20th October 2020


Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Daniel Hienert (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany)
Gianluca Demartini (University of Queensland, Australia)