Doctoral Consortia

As we have a lot of PhD candidates within the ERCIS network in different locations around the world, we established regular ERCIS doctoral consortia to foster the exchange of ideas and suggestions for improvement from senior faculty. Researchers with different IS backgrounds as well as other PhD candidates that can give valuable input lead to fresh ideas and new approaches concerning the PhD thesis. Together with a professional and friendly atmosphere, the ERCIS doctoral consortia are a perfect event for improving and sharpening research ideas but also to network and make friends.

  • Key Facts


    • Audience: The consortium aims to provide multi-perspective feedback for doctoral dissertation projects, ideally for students in the middle (2nd or 3rd year) of their dissertation projects.
    • The DC's faculty consists of 4-7 professors from ERCIS member institutions across Europe.
    • A maximum of 8 doctoral candidates will be presenting and discussing their research projects in a small group together with experienced supervisors.
    • The schedule can be seen here: Google Calendar

    2020 Faculty

    • Prof. Dr. Alessio Maria Braccini, Universita degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
    • Dr. Armin Stein, University of Münster, Germany
    • Prof. Dr. Christian Janiesch, University of Würzburg and University of Dresden, Germany
    • Prof. Dr. Stefano Za, G. d'Annunzio University, Chieti - Pescara, Italy

    Application & Admission

    • Each ERCIS member institution can nominate one PhD suitable candidate. If not all slots can be filled, a second nomination from one institution might be allowed.
    • The nomination has to be done by the end of the second week in January.
    • Information about acceptance will be sent by end of January.
    • Participants have to transfer the accommodation charge until second week of February

    Participation and Duties

    • Participants have to submit an eight to ten page dissertation paper until the second week of May. The dissertation paper shall summarise motivation, related work, problem statement/research gap, proposed research approach and expected time frame. Furthermore, points for discussion have to be included.
    • Participants conduct peer reviews of two other dissertation papers submitted to the DC until the first week of June.
    • Participants have to attend the doctoral consortium.
      • They present and discuss their papers in 90 minutes sessions (30 minutes presentation, 60 minutes discussion).
      • They attend a general dissertation Q&A session together with DC faculty.


    • Upon successful attendance, i.e. if all specified requirements are fulfilled, the ERCIS DC faculty will issue an attendance certificate. This certificate will include the program, the faculty and the estimated effort. It can be used to have the DC participation credited towards doctoral studies at the home University of the participant. We estimate 3 ECTS as suitable for the DC.


    • The consortium itself will be free of charge, however there will be a charge of ~400€ for the accommodation package, including sailing tuition (depending on the amount of participants).
    • The fees for sailing tuition cannot be subtracted.
    • Meals are not included, except for the DC Dinner and the BBQ.
    • The ~400€ must be transferred immediately after admission!

  • Venue and Programme

    The consortium will take place in the rooms of the sailing school Sail&Surf Pollensa in Pto. Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain. The school is located in the calm north of Mallorca and is equipped with all the stuff required for good education and discussion.

    Arrival is Saturday, departure is Saturday.

    For this reason, aside from scientific IS education, the consortium will include a sailing course either on a beginner's level, or on a advanced level. The setting will be as follows:

    • During the morning: Sailing tuition
    • During the afternoon and evening: consortium

    Participants will have to arrive at the venue by themselves.

  • Sailing

    • Sailing and instruction time will be Monday to Friday.
    • Sailing will take place in the morning (theory + practice).
    • The basic course will take place on Galeons, very robust and stable boats.
    • For advanced sailors, basic knowledge is being expected. Boats available are Hobie Cat 15, Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat Pacific, RS Feva, RS 500, RS 2000,

Our past Doctoral Consortia

  • Pto. Pollensa, Spain, 2019

    In 2019, the ERCIS again organised a PhD consortium in Pto. Pollensa, Spain. The rationale of this series is to intensively discuss the PhD endeavour of each participant, provide multi-perspective feedback, network them, and enjoy the time together in a nice environment.The PhD candidates had to submit an eight to ten pages dissertation paper, summarizing motivation, related work, problem statement/research gap, proposed research approach and time frame. Furthermore, each of the students had to conduct a peer review of one dissertation paper. At the venue, the candidates had to present their research for approximately 30 minutes without any means but a whiteboard and pens, leaving at least an hour for discussion. Additionally, the students had to moderate the session of the paper they reviewed.

    This gave eight students the opportunity to participate: Dennis Assenmacher, University of Münster; Frank Danielsen, University of Agder; Chris Gernreich, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Steven Groß, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien; Brigida Moucho, Universidade do Minho; Tiemo Thiess, IT University of Copenhagen; Sharon Wagg, Loughborough University; Rainer Winkler, Universität St. Gallen.This year, the faculty board consisted of Katrin Bergener, University of Münster; Alessio Maria Bracini, Università degli Studi della Tuscia; Sara Hofmann, Univer-sity of Agder; Oliver Müller, Universität Paderborn; Jens Pöppelbuß, Ruhr-Univer-sität Bochum; Armin Stein, University of Münster.

    Aside from discussing the research, the participants also used the chance to either learn sailing together, or to advance their nautical knowledge. This resulted in a great team spirit, leveraging the idea of the network to our junior scholars.

  • Pto. Pollensa, Spain, 2018

    In 2018, ERCIS offered a PhD consortium in the time from 09.06.-16.06. The consortium dealt with the research topics of the candidates, and was supervised by seven supervisors for eight PhD candidates. The consortium was opened for 2nd year PhD students (or later) from ERCIS partner institutions and friends.

  • Kristiansand, Norway, 2016

    ERCIS DC 2016

    The 2016 version of the ERCIS DC took place in Kristiansand, Norway, following the Annual Workshop.

    We had seven students presenting their current research status:

    • Peter Busch, University of Agder
    • Carlos Costa, University of Minho
    • Geir Hausvik, University of Agder
    • Moritz von Hoffen, University of Münster
    • Aleksandra Lazareva, University of Agder
    • Tanja Merfeld, University of Münster
    • Hendrik Scholta, University of Muenster
    • Zhiwei Yang, University of Leiden

    The faculty of the DC were

    • João Alvaro Carvalho, University of Minho
    • Devendra Bahadur Thapa, University of Agder
    • Jörg Becker, University of Münster
    • Jan vom Brocke, University of Liechtenstein
    • Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen
    • Sara Hofmann, University of Bremen
    • Oliver Müller, IT University Copenhagen
    • Maung Sein, University of Agder

  • Rome, Italy, 2014


  • Ijselmeer, The Netherlands, 2008