A full-day session intended for PhD students working within the field of Participatory Design (PD). The session will provide students with a safe and open space to discuss what matters to them concerning their studies, and collaboratively seek ways to address them. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work, share their experiences, and receive feedback, support, and suggestions from experienced PD researchers and peers.

Important dates

  • 9th December 2019 — Submission deadline

  • 15th February 2020 — Notification of acceptance / feedback

  • 15th March 2020 —  Final submissions deadline

Review Process

Selection for participation will be based on the quality of proposal, taking into account how the research is related to PD. Moreover, the aim will be to ensure diversity by including students with different disciplinary emphases, at different stages of their research programs, and coming from different cultural backgrounds.

Submission Formatting and Length

The proposal must include these four components: 1) an overview of one’s PhD project, including research motivations and questions, methods, intended contributions, progress to date, and plans for further research, 2) three key works that influenced one’s study 3) the main challenge(s) one’s facing in their PhD currently, and 4) what one wants to gain from participating in the Doctoral Colloquium.»

Submissions should be done following the simplified template available on the submission page, please do not anonymize it.

Submissions should be written in English and should not be longer than 4 pages. References do not count towards the page limits.

Doctoral Colloquium submissions will not be published in the conference proceedings but are made available to all colloquium participants.


Accepted applicants will be asked to do some pre-conference preparation – for example, reading the other participants’ submissions, or relating your proposal to a chapter from the PD Handbook. More directions will be provided after acceptance.



Jaz Choi (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology –  AUS)

Jesper Simonsen (Roskilde University – DNK)

Helena Karasti (University of Oulu – FIN / University of Siegen – DEU)