ECSA 2024
Mon 2 - Fri 6 September 2024 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Call for Papers

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive setting in which PhD students can present and receive feedback on their research. During the symposium, PhD students will interact closely with established researchers in the field, receive feedback on their research, and get advice on managing their research. The symposium will also help participants to establish a network with their peers in the field of software architecture. The program will feature a keynote that will shed light on establishing yourself within the software architecture community and beyond.

The technical scope of the Doctoral Symposium is that of ECSA 2024, as represented by the topics in the ECSA 2024 Research papers CfP. Besides, we particularly encourage submissions that demonstrate that diversity in gender, culture, religion, country, etc. is a key factor for success and innovation in software architecture.

We encourage submissions from PhD students at any stage of their research. Based on the submissions, the program committee will invite the PhD students to give presentations of their PhD research and to interact with senior as well as other junior researchers.


To participate in the Doctoral Symposium, the contribution needs to be submitted by the submission deadline consisting of two parts: a research summary paper and a letter of recommendation. The summary research paper should be authored by the student as a sole author.

Research summary paper (max 8 pages)

The research summary paper should cover the following aspects:

  • The research problem to be solved and its relevance in the software architecture field;
  • a discussion of related work explaining why the research problem has not been solved yet;
  • the scientific methods used to tackle the research problem;
  • an outline of the proposed solution;
  • the expected results;
  • a plan for the evaluation of results; and
  • a critical reflection on the work, including open questions and challenges that the PhD student meets in his/her work, and that can be discussed with the senior colleagues.

The submitted paper will be evaluated by the Doctoral Symposium Program Committee, and the following selection criteria will be used:

  • The originality of the proposed research, the novelty of the research approach, and relevance to ECSA; and
  • the quality of the submission, including clarity, precision, and adequacy of the problem statement and critical reflection of the work, in relation to the PhD student’s study stage.

Letter of Recommendation (max 1 page)

A recommendation letter written by (one of) the advisor(s). The letter should include the name of the candidate, an appreciation of the PhD research (and why it would benefit from being discussed at the Doctoral Symposium), the status of the research, and an expected date for the dissertation submission.

How to submit

The research summary paper with the letter of recommendation should be submitted electronically via the ECSA 2024 submission site: (Doctoral Symposium track).


The proceedings of the Doctoral Symposium will be published by Springer as part of the LNCS series.


Please note that as a condition for paper publication, each accepted submission needs to be presented at the conference (in person) by the author, who shall register for the conference by the camera-ready paper deadline. Authors will be provided with 50% discount on the student registration or free registration if serving as ECSA volunteers.

Important Dates

  • Paper and Recommendation Letter submission: May 2, 2024
  • Author notification: May 30, 2024
  • Camera-ready papers: June 13, 2024

Note: All deadlines are 23:59h AoE (anywhere on Earth).

Track Chairs

  • Barbora Buhnova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Valentina Lenarduzzi, University of Oulu, Finland