Doctoral Colloquium

In the ISCRAM tradition, the Doctoral Colloquium will take place prior to the main conference on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. The colloquium is for doctoral students seeking careers as researchers in public, private and academic organizations with research interests in crisis management

The goals of the ISCRAM 2016 Ph.D. Colloquium 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
  • To allow participants to discuss and obtain feedback for their research with leading specialists, scholars and peers in an international setting.

Up to twelve students will be accepted for the colloquium. Numbers are kept purposely small in order to focus on quality interaction and discussion. The morning session will focus on introductions, networking and general research mentoring. The afternoon session will consist of group and individual research feedback sessions. The final session will be a colloquium poster session, providing students the opportunity to learn about one another’s research and prepare for the conference-wide poster session in which they will also participate.

*Note that students who submit papers to the ISCRAM conference itself (and who are named as first author) will be eligible for the award for best PhD student paper. Attendance at the PhD Colloquium is not a pre-requisite for award eligibility.


As the aim of the colloquium is to assist candidates with their thesis research, only doctoral students who have not yet defended their thesis are eligible to apply.


Participation at the ISCRAM PhD colloquium is freeas is lunch and refreshments. However, participants in the Doctoral Colloquium must register for the main conference (a student rate is available).

Deadline: Sunday 29 April 2016

To apply, follow these instructions closely. Failure to do so may result in your application not being received.


  1. Compile all requested materials into a single PDF file.
    The single PDF file should contain all of the following combined into one file:

    1.     A short CV, no more than two pages

    2.     A description of the research project: its context, aims and research question(s), the research method, and any results obtained to date (2-5 pages in length including figures, tables, and references). There is no need to format this according to the ISCRAM format.

    3.     A personal statement of no more than one page identifying three specific aspects of the research (theory, method, data analysis, technical design, etc.) in which the student is seeking assistance.

    4.     A digital photo. This will be used for the photo roster if the application is successful.
    Please no zip files or multiple file attachments.

  2. Send the single PDF file as an attachment to: Brian Tomaszewski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Fiona McNeill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  3. Make the subject line of your email ISCRAM 2016 Doctoral Consortium: {your name and (institution)}. For example, the subject line of John Smith from Penn State applying to the doctoral consortium would be: ISCRAM 2016 Doctoral Consortium: John Smith (Penn State)

  4. Send the single PDF file by Sunday 29 April 2016 Colloquium Leaders
    The day will be led by Dr Fiona McNeill ( and Dr. Brian Tomaszewski (