6th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
June 6-8, 2007, Aalborg, Denmark

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Doctoral Consortium

Extended deadline: March 19, 2007!!
Doctoral Consortium Chair: Janet Read, The ChiCi Group. Please email your submissions to

The Doctoral Consortium at IDC is intended to provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to share and discuss their research with peers and panellists (faculty mentors). The Consortium will begin with a meal in the evening of the 4th June and this will be followed by an all day academic session on 5th June (Tuesday).

At the Consortium, students will give short presentations of their current progress and will have this work discussed by the participants and panellists. Subjects to be covered in the presentations will include: a statement of the problem and research question(s), literature review, theory development and/or experimental work, research methodology and preliminary findings, if any. In addition to the formal sharing the Consortium will include some instruction and informal discussion.

We anticipate inviting between 6 and 8 doctoral students but this will depend on the quality of the submissions and the resources available at the conference. In the event that the number of suitable participants significantly exceeds the places available, preference will be given to those students that seem most likely to benefit from the event. Student participants will have their abstracts published in the Conference proceedings and will be required to display a poster of their work during the conference. Applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, and may also be offered partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation (the amount of reimbursement is still to be finalised).

Applying to the Doctoral Consortium
Applicants should prepare:

  • an extended abstract of their work in the conference format that describes their research. This should be no more than four pages and should include
  • the problem(s) that the research is addressing; the research question(s) that are being considered.
  • the expected contribution(s) of the research to the IDC field.
  • the work done to date
  • the essential literature
  • a single page word document that briefly describes the applicant and makes a case for attendance at the Doctoral Consortium.
  • a letter of recommendation from the student's primary research supervisor (this can be sent separately, if desired), and
  • an estimate of expenses (this will not be considered during the assessment process, it will be used to attract sponsors).

Review Criteria
Doctoral Consortium submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques.
  • Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in Interaction Design and Children.
  • Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations.

Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee (Chair and Panellists). The review process will retain the anonymity of reviewers.

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Send your submission as a single PDF file to to arrive no later than March 19, 2007.