ISCRAM 2017 Symposiums

Doctoral Symposium

Chair and Co-Chair

Anne-Marie Barthe-Delanoë
(Corresponding Chair:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, INP-ENSIACET, University of Toulouse

Fiona McNeill
School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University

Introduction to the Doctoral Symposium

Following the ISCRAM tradition, the Doctoral Symposium will take place prior to the main conference on Sunday May 21, 2017. The symposium focuses on doctoral students seeking careers as researchers in public, private and academic organizations with research interests in crisis management. The symposium is also open to undergraduates and masters students.

The goals of the ISCRAM 2017 Doctoral Symposium are three-fold:

  • To develop and sustain a network of young scholars conducting high quality research in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.
  • To support the next generation of crisis management researchers by addressing issues relevant to the progression of a research career. This year, we are particularly focusing on communication skills (both verbal and written), with the help of a professional consultant in communication.
  • To allow participants to discuss their research with leading specialists, scholars and peers in an international setting.

Up to ten students will be accepted for the symposium. Numbers are kept purposely small in order to offer high quality interaction and discussion. The morning session will focus on introductions, networking and general mentoring, providing students the opportunity to learn about one another’s research and to improve their verbal communication skills. The afternoon session will consist of collaborative and individual work sessions dedicated to improve their written communication skills. The two sessions will also lead them to the creation of their poster that will then be presented during the conference-wide poster session. A professional consultant will assist the students throughout the symposium.

Participants whose proposals are mature/developed enough will be invited to submit a paper in a special issue of the International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (IJISCRAM).

Students Recruitement (closed)


The aim of the symposium is to assist candidates with their PhD thesis (or Master thesis, or undergraduate dissertation) research. Only undergraduates, master students and doctoral students who have not yet defended their thesis are eligible to apply (with priority given to doctoral students).


The participation in the ISCRAM Doctoral Symposium is free, as well as lunch and refreshments. However, participants in the Doctoral Symposium must register for the main conference (a student rate is available).

How to apply

To apply, candidates should submit a single file by March 1st, 2017 March 15th, 2017 to the Doctoral Symposium chairs, via email ( The file should include the following:

  1. A short CV, no more than two pages, as a PDF file.
  2. A video file, no more than 3 minutes. Inspired by the “My Thesis in 180 seconds” and “Three Minute Thesis” events (see examples on YouTube), the video will describe the research project: its context, aims and research question(s), the methodology, any results obtained to date and aspects of the research in which the student is seeking assistance. There is no need to record it in a very high definition (a webcam can be used to record the presentation).
  3. A digital photo. This will be used for the photo roster if the application is successful.

Since the size of an email is limited to 10MB, we recommend using a file sharing service such as

The decision for acceptation will be notified on March 17th, 2017 March 27th, 2017.

Agenda Sunday 21 May 2017 — Room IOMEGA


Doctoral symposium Opening and Introduction


Ice breaking activity


Verbal communication session: « My Thesis in 180 seconds » presentations




Open discussions
(by thematic groups, based on the participants’ research works)




Written communication session (part one)




Written communication session (part two)


Closing session

Important dates for doctoral symposium

  • March 2017
  • Submission deadline

    March 1st, 2017 March 15th, 2017

  • Notification of acceptation

    March 17, 2017 March 27th, 2017

  • May 2017
  • Doctoral Symposium & ISCRAM 2017 Conference

    May 21—24, 2017