Doctoral students are invited to submit an application to participate in the Doctoral Workshop to be held in conjunction with the Information Behaviour Conference ISIC 2022 hosted by Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Berlin Germany, 26 September to 29 September, 2022.

During the Doctoral Workshop, scheduled for 26 September, 2022, doctoral students will be invited to share their current dissertation work-in-progress with their peers and with an international panel of research mentors invited to take part in the workshop.

The workshop has the following objectives:

  • To provide a setting for mutual feedback on participants’ current dissertation research, and guidance on future research directions;
  • To develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research; and
  • To contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

The Doctoral Workshop is free of charge. Participants in the workshop are required to attend the ISIC conference sessions for a discounted fee. The Doctoral Workshop will be held in Berlin, Germany. If there are travel restrictions due to visa problems or COVID, it may be possible to have online attendance. This will be negotiated with the Conference organisers.


Submission to the Doctoral Workshop: Monday 7 February 2022
Notification of acceptance: Monday 15 March 2022
Deadline for final modified submission and supplemental information as required: Monday 30 May 2022
Doctoral Workshop: Monday 26 September 2022


Criteria for selection

Participants for the Doctoral Workshop will be selected based on their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. Emphasis will be placed on forming a diverse group of 16-20 high-quality students. We invite students who are in the formative stages of their dissertation, and who have not yet progressed to data collection / final stages of their dissertation. Students typically have settled on thesis directions, usually with a research proposal accepted by their thesis committee or departmental research committee. Further details on workshop activities will be available on the web site closer to the event.

How to apply

To apply as a student participant in the Doctoral Workshop, prepare a submission package consisting of the following:

  • Thesis Summary: Prepare a two-page thesis summary, which outlines the problem being addressed, the proposed work plan and a description of your progress to date. Include in your summary research problems you have encountered and would like to discuss at the workshop. Use Times New Roman font, size 12; single spacing; left side alignment; paragraph indenting of 1.5. It may contain diagrams or pictures only if necessary.
  • Short CV: This should include information typically found in a curriculum vitae, plus additional information on your background and relevant experience which may indicate your potential contribution to the workshop.
  • Contact details: Full name, e-mail address of the participant as well as for the advisor/supervisor with his/her institution included.
  • Short Letter of Recommendation from your thesis advisor or principal supervisor: This should include details of the current status of your thesis research, and an expected date for thesis submission.

All Doctoral Workshop submissions should be submitted electronically to Conftool. Fill in the contact details form, title, abstract and keywords form and choose “Doctoral Workshop Submission” category. After that, two files should be uploaded.

  1. The first file must be a pdf document containing: the thesis summary, a short CV, as well as all contact details. Please upload it in the ConfTool file category “Thesis Summary + short CV“
  2. The second file to be uploaded is the letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor or principal supervisor. It should be hand signed and scanned as a .pdf file

Further Information

Students accepted to participate in the workshop will be asked to provide supplemental information prior to the workshop that will help other participants understand the context of their research and the research challenges they wish to discuss at the workshop. We do not intend to publish the Doctoral Workshop thesis papers as these are works in progress.


For additional information, contact the conference organisers ( or the workshop conveners

Marie L. Radford:
Lynn Silipigni Connaway: