Koli Calling

International Conference on Computing Education Research

Koli Doctoral Consortium 2019

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19 and 20, 2019, 09:00-17:30, Helsinki, both days. Students are also expected to attend the main conference from the 21st to the 24th of November, in Koli, Finland.


  • Judy Sheard (co-chair), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Ari Korhonen (co-chair), Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Please contact the chairs through kolicalling2019@easychair.org.


  • Nick Falkner, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  • Petri Ihantola, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

The Koli 2019 Doctoral Consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for doctoral students studying computing education concerns to explore and develop their research interests under the supervision of experienced researchers with a strong background in Computer Science Education Research. Over the two days, you will have the opportunity to discuss your work with a range of mentors, testing your ideas and presenting your current progress, while enjoying the warm collegiality of the Koli community.

We invite students to apply for this opportunity to share their work with their peers, the organizers, and mentors. Doctoral students at any stage of their program can apply as long as they will not have graduated before the event. The focus is on educational research in CS and its related disciplines, thus areas such as education in cybersecurity are also welcome to apply. The Koli DC only runs every two years so apply for this year or you’ll have to wait until 2021!

Why apply?

The doctoral consortium provides a number of benefits:
  • We provide independent feedback on students’ research and research direction.
  • Between students and staff, there will be a lot of fresh eyes on your work
  • Helps you to meet and get to know your international peers and develop a wider personal learning network.
  • You can ask questions about career directions in academia and the vibrant European innovation space for education.
We have space for up to 15 participants.

Support and Costs

Koli is a slightly smaller conference than other venues but we can offer a range of support to students who have financial need. Students are expected to pay the conference registration fee (half price) of EUR 130 which will cover their attendance at both DC and Koli. However, accommodation fees are separate to this for the main conference and are EUR 368 (twin share). Accomodation fees in Helsinki for the DC will be advertised shortly.

On application, we can offer up to EUR 1,000 in travel support to a student travelling in from outside of Europe who would otherwise not be able to attend. Should we have two students whose total requirement is EUR 1,000 or less, we can consider awarding both.

We also have two accommodation scholarships (for all accommodation, both DC and Conference) which we will allocate based on need. However, students who have also submitted a paper for Koli will be considered for the accommodation scholarship, should no other award be made.

To apply for support, please provide a support letter as detailed below.

How to apply

To apply, you need to prepare a single PDF containing:
  • A 2-page research description, in the Koli conference format, covering central aspects of your doctoral work, including:
    • Your Motivation: what drives your research
    • A Literature review: the key works that frame your research
    • Your hypothesis, thesis, and/or key ideas, as they are currently developed
    • Your research approach and methods
    • Your progress to date, including any papers submitted or accepted.
  • A brief letter of nomination (1 page or less) from your dissertation advisor detailing:
    • Your year status in your program
    • Your expected timeline for completion
    • How your work relates to computing education, and
    • What help your advisor hopes the DC will provide

    (As noted below, this letter may be sent separately by the advisor.)
  • Your CV. (A PDF or online CV is acceptable, a maximum of 5 pages).
  • Support request (optional) If you wish to apply for support, then please provide a brief statement as to which form of support you’re applying for (travel or accommodation), and your reason for applying for support. Please note clearly if you are submitting to Koli in addition to wanting to attend the DC.

Once you have assembled your PDF, go to the Koli 2019 EasyChair site and submit the file, being sure to choose the Doctoral consortium submission category. If your advisor would like to send their letter of recommendation separately, they can send to kolicalling2019@easychair.org.


  • August 20 September 3, 2019 – submission due (anywhere on earth, UTC-12)
  • September 7, 2019 – notification of acceptance
  • September 28, 2019 - Camera-ready copy of two page abstract.

Review process

We will select participants based on many factors, including:
  • Your research topic
  • The clarity of your written expression
  • The quality of the hypothesis or ideas that you’re pursuing
  • Your status in your doctoral program

All submissions will be confidential. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Publishing your abstract

Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy of their 2-page abstract. Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the ACM. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date will be one week prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. Preparing your poster.

During the DC, you’ll be presenting your work in many settings, including a poster to the main conference and describing your research in conversation. To support this, prepare and bring the following forms of visual aids:

  • A poster (no larger than 36×48 inches / 91*122 cm)
  • A demo or video on a laptop or tablet (Optional and if applicable)

At the conference

All participants are expected to attend all portions of the Doctoral Consortium and students will also present a poster of their work at the main conference. The total time commitment is from the 19th to the 24th of November.

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