Doctoral Consortium

Call for participation

The Doctoral Consortium for PhD students undertaking ICT education research will be held on Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 (prior to ACE 2016)

The Doctoral Consortium (DC) will provide an opportunity for a group of PhD students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in computing education research.

The consortium has the following objectives:

  1. to provide feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions;
  2. to develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  3. to support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on research and academic career paths;
  4. and to contribute to the ACE goals through interaction with other researchers and participation in conference events.


Students who are currently enrolled in any stage of doctoral studies with a focus on computing education research. The number of participants is limited to 15. Senior researchers in the field will provide feedback and suggestions for improvement of the students research.


Each applicant is required to submit a short paper (up to 4 pages). In recognition that students will be at various stages in their candidatures paper length may vary, but limited to the full paper length of 10 pages. Students who submit full papers to the conference may resubmit the same paper for the DC, or submit separate papers to the conference and the DC. The papers must be submitted in accordance with paper submissions guidelines. Selected papers will be presented by authors in a 3-minute thesis format. Since papers will be reviewed as normal, albeit as short papers, they will be published in the ACE proceedings.

Each selected (successful) applicant should then submit an application that includes the following information in one PDF file:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research summary, including motivation, background and literature to contextualize the research, research questions, methodologies used or planned, and any results obtained to date.
  • Questions related to the research that the applicant would like to discuss and get feedback on at the doctoral consortium

The research summary should be 1-3 pages long, depending on the stage of the research. This summary will be made available to other participants of the doctoral consortium to allow them to provide feedback and prepare questions on the research.

Submission: Both the short paper, and the PDF summary should be submitted directly to the DC Chair by 13th November 2015.


Sponsorship opportunities may be made available to student participants. More details will be provided shortly.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: directly to the DS chair - 13th November 2015
Conference start: 2nd February 2016.
Conference end: 5th February 2016.

Full Conference Registration process

Please see the Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW2016) site for further details


If you would like more information, please contact:

Dr Matthew Butler,
ACE2016 DC Chair

Held in cooperation with:

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