Call for Doctoral Consortium

ACM IMX 2023 will be held in Nantes, France, from June 12 to 15.

Important Information:

• Submission deadline: March 27, 2023 Extended to April 7, 2023 (AoE)
• Decision Notification: April 24, 2023
• Camera Ready Submission: May 12, 2023
• Online submission: PCS

• Selection: Curated

What is the Doctoral Consortium at IMX 2023?

IMX’s Doctoral Consortium (‘the DC’) is a part of the IMX 2023 conference in France. The Doctoral Consortium is aimed for people enrolled in a PhD program (or other doctoral degrees) or preparing their enrollment in fields that are relevant to the themes of IMX. If you are a doctoral candidate or an early stage researcher who has read or referenced works 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 France.

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 will get the chance to give a presentation of your work (research results or work in progress), get feedback and suggestions, and participate in practical group activities that will help you support each other with ideas for research approaches and on how to exploit your PhD experience at the best. If you are successful in your application for a place in the Doctoral Consortium, you will be invited to attend the full IMX 2023 conference; the world’s leading international research conference on interactive media and user research.

If you are currently studying for a doctoral degree, or you are an early stage researcher currently preparing your PhD proposal that fits the scope of the ACM IMX 2023 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 will join a group of fellow doctoral students in France. 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 will be asked to give a pitch version of your talk to the full IMX 2023 community in a plenary session, and take part in the whole conference including the social events and meals.

Please note that a DC paper can be registered with a student registration.

After the Conference

Your paper will be published in the IMX 2023 Adjunct Proceedings.


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!
Federica Battisti, University of Padova, Italy
Jesús Gutiérrez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain