Categories: ISCRAM2010 Conference


Defining Crisis Management 3.0
7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
May 2-5, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Seattle Washington USA

DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM MAY 2, 2010: Call for Applications ( download PDF version of this call here)

The goals of the Ph.D. Colloquium of the ISCRAM 2010 conference 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 their research with leading specialists, scholars and peers in an international setting.

Accomplishment of these goals is supported through a one-day program taking place immediately prior to the main ISCRAM conference. The colloquium is targeted at PhD students seeking careers as researchers in academic settings. The colloquium will consist of discussions, presentations and shared activities centred on the following topics: the Ph.D. process, building and utilizing your research community, advancing your career, opportunities for publishing your work and funding your future research.

Up to twelve students will be accepted for the colloquium. They will be joined by faculty mentors and senior doctoral students from the USA and Europe who are actively involved in the ISCRAM community.

Students accepted for the colloquium are also eligible to present their work during a poster session, to be held both at the end of the doctoral colloquium and during the main ISCRAM conference itself. The poster template will be available later. This will offer students the valuable opportunity to receive feedback and perspectives on their research from recognized experts in the field and other senior doctoral students.

Students who submit papers to the ISCRAM conference itself (and who are named as first author) will be eligible for the Mike Meleshkin Award for best PhD Student paper.

Students presenting their work during the conference will also be assigned a ëmentorí who will give feedback to the student after their presentation on content, further work, presentation style, etc.


Doctoral students who, at the time of the colloquium, have not yet defended their dissertation are eligible to apply.
Student participants must register for the main conference (a student rate is available).


The colloquium will be held on the 2nd May 2010, immediately prior to the ISCRAM main conference, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Seattle, USA. A website will be available where accepted students can view the research interests of other participants, download the poster template and raise issues that they would like to discuss during the Colloquium, etc.

How to Apply

To apply, send an email to by 22nd February 2010. Put “doctoral colloquium application” in the subject line, include a brief note in the body of the message stating that you are applying to the colloquium, and attach a single file containing the following items:

  • An abstract of less than 250 words summarizing your proposed research and its potential significance to the ISCRAM topic.
  • A research statement of 750 to 1500 words describing the proposed thesis research in greater detail (e.g., methodology, any interim results, expected contributions). Note that the word limit does not include references but does include tables and figures.
  • A personal statement of less than 250 words describing what you expect to contribute to and receive from the colloquium.
  • A current curriculum vitae. List institutions attended and degrees received, including any degrees in progress. Also list publications, grants awarded, teaching and service activities, and any other information you feel is pertinent.
  • A digital photo. This will be used for the photo roster if the application is successful.

Note: the abstract and research statement must be formatted in accordance with the template for the colloquium, which is downloadable from ISCRAM website (see The file name should be your last name, and the file format should be Adobe PDF.

Important Dates

22 February 2010 Applications due
8 March 2010 Decision on applications. If successful, participants should prepare a poster of their work
Mar 21, 2010 Early registration deadline
02 May 2010 Ph.D. Colloquium
03-05 May 2010 ISCRAM main conference (including poster session)

Further details of ISCRAM2010, as they become clear, will be published on and through its discussion and mailing lists.

Questions and Further Information Additional information about the colloquium may be found at Any questions should be sent to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair (Julie Dugdale) at