Doctoral Colloquium

The PDC 2022 Doctoral Colloquium will be a series of distributed online sessions intended for PhD students working within the field of Participatory Design (PD). Sessions 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

18th January 2022 (1700-1830 UST) and 25th January 2022 (0800-0930 UST) – Online sessions on “Let’s explore submission ideas” and preparing submissions
28th February 2022
7th March 2022 – Submission deadline (on Conftool)
23rd April 2022 – Notification to authors (Accept or Reject) and feedback
30th May 2022 – Camera ready papers deadline for accepted submissions

Note that all deadlines are for the end of the day Anywhere on Earth.

Submissions and Review Process

Submissions to the Doctoral Colloquium should be made through the Conftool system, using the PDC simplified template as explained in the Submissions Formatting page. 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. We encourage candidates to engage with the conference theme in their submission.

Paper Formatting and Length

The proposal must include these four components: 

1) an overview of the 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 2500 words. References do not count towards the word limit.

Doctoral Colloquium proposals will be reviewed, but they will not be published in the conference proceedings in their original format. We will seek to publish abstracts from accepted participants in the ACM Digital Library as part of the PDC 2022 proceedings.


Accepted applicants will be asked to do some pre-conference preparation – for example, reading the other participants’ submissions, preparing a short introduction (e.g., short video or poster) to your research for the group, or relating your proposal to a chapter from the PD Handbook. More directions will be provided after acceptance.

For further queries please contact the Workshop Chairs

Shana Agid (The New School, USA)
Mariacristina Sciannamblo (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor (Australian National University, Australia)