ERCIS PhD Colloquium

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  • Key Facts


    • Audience: The colloquium 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 colloquium 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 colloquium 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 colloquium 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: Colloquium

    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,