Call for Abstracts for PhD Forum

The Ph.D. Forum at the EWSN 2020 to be held in Lyon, France, on February 17th, provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present their work in progress to the scientific community and obtain individual feedback from leading researchers in the field.

The Forum will be structured as a series of short presentations by the students, followed by a short collective discussion and "speed mentoring" sessions with experts in the field to obtain individual feedback and advice. The forum will kick off with a panel of experienced academic researchers and industrial experts to address "The Do's and Don'ts of PhD". Participating students will also have the opportunity to present a poster during the main conference to leverage further interaction with EWSN attendees.

Current Ph.D. students in all stages of their career are encouraged to submit a 2-page abstract about their ongoing research to be considered for the Ph.D. Forum. The abstract shall also include a one-paragraph bio, along with brief information on how long the student has been in Ph.D. school and the expected time until graduation. The student should be the *sole* author although contributions of the adviser and others should be acknowledged.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Ph.D. Forum committee to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance to the Forum. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person in the Forum on February 17th, 2020 – and to present a poster both at the Forum and at the main conference. There will be no separate registration fee for the Forum. Participating students will only need to register to the main EWSN. For any questions, please contact Yota Katsikouli panka@dtu.dk and / or Pedro Marron pjmarron@uni-due.de.

Submission Instructions

Submissions need to contain a SINGLE pdf document of at most 3 pages that contains:
  • One page containing the full contact address with affiliation, phone, e-mail; one paragraph of bio; information on how long the student has been in Ph.D. school; the expected time until graduation; the name of the supervisor(s)
  • A 2-page extended abstract describing the novelties and highlights of the ongoing work.
Please submit your abstract and bio as single pdf through HotCRP at the following site: Submission ended.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: December 18, 2019 January 6, 2020
  • Acceptance notifications: December 20, 2019 January 6, 2020
  • Camera-ready paper submission: December 22, 2019 January 6, 2020
  • PhD Forum: February 17, 2019

Program of the PhD Forum

(17th February 2020)

14.15 - 14.30:Welcoming message
14.30 - 15.00:What is a PhD? Do's and Dont's.
15.00 - 17.00:Students Presentations (10 minutes including feedback and questions)
17.00 - 17.40:Mentoring (discussions and feedback on students presentations and PhD experience)


PhD Forum co-chairs:
  • Pedro Jose Marron, University Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • Panagiota Katsikouli, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)