ICT4S 2023
Mon 5 - Fri 9 June 2023 RENNES, France

The ICT4S 2023 Doctoral Symposium is a one-day event to be held on Monday June 5, 2023, in connection with the ICT4S 2023 conference. The symposium will bring together doctoral students working in all areas of ICT for Sustainability and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and friendly international atmosphere.

Call for Contributions

Each student will be given an opportunity to present their research project and receive constructive feedback from colleagues and peers at all career stages from the interdisciplinary field of ICT for sustainability. The doctoral symposium is run in a highly interactive and collegial format designed to help you move your work forward.

Who Should Participate

The Doctoral Symposium welcomes any doctoral student who has already settled on a dissertation topic and whose doctoral research will benefit from external feedback.

Submission Instructions

To apply as a student participant to the Doctoral Symposium, you need to submit a short participation statement. Submissions should cover the following points:

  • A one-paragraph summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper (approx. 150 words)
  • Your situation, i.e., the university doctoral program context in which your work is being conducted (Department, year of study, industry involvement, etc.)
  • Context and motivation that drives your dissertation research
  • Background (key work directly relevant to your research)
  • Research objectives/goals/questions
  • Your research approach and proposed methods, including relevant rationale
  • Any results to date
  • Dissertation status and next steps
  • A short statement of the benefits your expect from participating

Note: The sections of your submission do not have to follow the outlined structure, but they must have similar content. If you are at a relatively early stage of your research, you might have some difficulty addressing all of the content requirements, but you should attempt to do so as well as you can. Your submission should contain no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary or confidential publications.

Each submission is limited to a maximum of 2500 words, not including text, appendices, figures, and references. Submissions that are too long will be desk rejected. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, the confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. Submissions must be authored exclusively by the PhD candidate carrying out the research.

Papers should be submitted electronically via EasyChair. Select the “[ICT4S’23] Doctoral Symposium" and submit a PDF file of your submission.

Evaluation Criteria

Participants in the symposium will be selected via a curation process by the Doctoral Symposium Committee. The​ following criteria will be used:

  • The relevance of the research to the ICT4S field
  • As a group, the accepted candidates will exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics
  • The stage of the research and its suitability for the Doctoral Symposium
  • The quality of the submission, e.g., clarity, precision, and critical reflection


The accepted papers will be optionally published in an open access archive (e.g., arXiv Conference Proceedings, CEUR). Please state clearly if your abstract cannot be published, or if you would not want to be listed as a participant

Conference Grant

Thanks to the generous support of the University of Rennes 1, conference grant applications are invited to help authors of accepted DS 2023 papers attend the conference. To apply for the grant, please send us an email once you have been accepted to the doctoral symposium.