Doctoral Consortium

Important Information:

• Submission deadline: 02/04/22 11/04/22 (Extended)
• Decision Notification: 23/04/22 03/05/22 (Extended)
• Camera Ready Submission: 30/04/22 09/05/22 (Extended)
• Online submission: PCS submission system
• Selection: Curated
• The doctoral consortium session will be a hybrid session. Remote Participation will be made possible. Depending on the covid-19 regulations, we might have to prepare for a full digital meeting. Please take this into account when preparing the presentation of your research.

What is the Doctoral Consortium at IMX 2022?

IMX’s Doctoral Consortium (‘the DC’) is a part of the IMX 2022 conference in Portugal. The Doctoral Consortium is aimed for people preparing PhDs (or other doctoral degrees) that are relevant to the themes of IMX. If you are a doctoral candidate who has found yourself reading or referencing work presented at IMX in the past, or if the scope of IMX makes you feel that this is a community that you would benefit from being part of, and for which you believe you can contribute, then we encourage you to apply to join us in Portugal.

The DC is a forum for you to share your work and ideas with fellow PhD students, and with more experienced researchers in your field. You’ll get the chance to give a presentation on your work (research results or work in progress), get feedback and suggestions from a range of other people, and participate in practical group activity that will help you support each other with ideas for research approaches and having a great PhD experience. If you are successful in your application for a place in the Doctoral Consortium, you will be invited to attend the full IMX 2022 conference; the world’s leading international research conference on interactive media and user research.

If you’re currently studying for a doctoral degree that fits the scope of the ACM IMX 2022 conference, then IMX would love your application to become part of the DC.

IMX is an inclusive, growing, interdisciplinary community, so if you are not sure whether the specifics of your research are in scope then (a) they probably are, and (b) please email and the DC chairs will do our best to advise you.

What is the best moment in my PhD trajectory to take part in the doctoral consortium? If you have established what your PhD research questions will be, but have still got at least a year before submission of your dissertation or thesis, then that ‘middle period’ of a PhD is a great time to benefit from a Doctoral Consortium.

How to take part?

Take part in the IMX DC by submitting a paper up to 6 pages long (including references). The paper should be in the New SIGCHI Proceedings Format. They should be well organised and structured in a way that demonstrates the links between the concepts presented. Your paper should clearly specify:

  • A real world problem that relates to and motivates the PhD
  • The concrete research question(s) that the (proposed) PhD is addressing and how this fits into the bigger picture of other research that addresses the real world problem
  • The aims, objectives and scope of the research
  • The methods used to achieve the objectives and the proposed solution(s), including a brief description of work done so far (including your first results if available) and a tentative plan for future work
  • The main contribution(s) of the research to interactive media experiences and justification why the contribution will lead to a PhD.

Optional: We welcome you to suggest name and affiliation of experts in your domain that you would be interested in discussing your work with. (There is no guarantee that these experts will be available, but we will try to take each student’s “wish list” into account).

At the Conference

If your paper is selected for the DC, you’ll join a group of fellow doctoral students in Portugal. The DC will take place in parallel to the Workshops that make up the opening day of IMX. It will be facilitated by the Doctoral Consortium chairs and other experts from the IMX community. You will be able to present and share your topic with the chairs, experts and other participants in a fun and inclusive environment.

Once the main IMX conference is underway, you’ll be asked to give a pitch version of your talk to the full IMX 2022 community in a plenary session, and take part in the whole conference including the social events and meals.

After the Conference

Your paper will be published in the IMX 2022 Adjunct Proceedings (archived with a DOI on FigShare).


For further details on scope, submission route or any other issues, please get in touch with the DC Chairs at:
We look forward to reading your contributions. Good Luck!
Wendy Van den Broeck, imec-smit, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Teresa Chambel, LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal