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ISCRAM2008 Ph.D. Student Colloquium

The ISCRAM Ph.D. Student Colloquium and the Mike Meleshkin award have always been an integral part of the ISCRAM conferences. ISCRAM2008 will continue this successful and important tradition.

The ISCRAM2008 Ph.D. Student Colloquium

The goal of the Ph.D. Student Colloquium at the 2008 ISCRAM conference is to develop and sustain a network of young scholars working in the area of Information Systems for crisis response and management. The one-day colloquium links current Ph.D. students working in this field to peers and senior researchers that share their interests. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss their research and receive feedback from other participants. Thus, the colloquium provides an opportunity for students to refine and focus their dissertation research based on the input they receive and new insights that the discussion of other research will generate. To participate in the colloquium, students are required submit an overview of their dissertation proposal and prepare a poster that summarizes their research.

Students are expected to play an active role in the colloquium. During the ISCRAM conference itself, the colloquium poster session of PhD studentsí research work will be on display. Please prepare your poster and bring it with you to the colloquium.

The colloquium will be a held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2008. It will be a full-day activity 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, following this outline:

Part I - Introduction to the world of ISCRAM
Part II- Presentation of student research
Part III- Discussion of breadth of research in this multi-disciplinary field
Part IV- Evening social gathering with food and drinks

Each colloquium participant is expected to:

  • Submit a summary research proposal. The proposal should be two to three pages long and include an abstract. Documents have to be submitted via the ISCRAM paper submission system at (Session ID: ISCRAM-04). Submission deadline is February 20, 2008.
  • Give a short (10 minute) presentation on their research.
  • Bring a poster about the research the student is conducting ñ size A1 (or approx. 28î x 22î), A2 (or approx. 17î x 22î)

Ph.D. Colloquium Chair



Jonas Landgren

Public Safety Group
Victoria Institute
Gothenburg, Sweden


The Mike Meleshkin Award for the best Ph.D. student paper

ISCRAM2008 solicits applications for the Mike Meleshkin Best Student Paper award. This award will be for $500 and a free conference registration for ISCRAM2009. In order to be qualified for this award, you must

  • have a paper accepted in one of the ISCRAM2008 sessions and
  • either be sole author or the primary co-author (first author) of this paper.

In addition you should check the checkbox ìStudent Contributionî during the submission process (click here for a screenshot).

The Mike Meleshkin award for best ISCRAM Conference PhD student paper has been instituted in honor of our former co-worker, friend and Emergency Response Information Systems scholar Dr. Mikhail ëMikeí Meleshkin who passed away on April 18th, 2004.

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