Call For Dissertation Proposals

The DESRIST Doctoral Consortium is designed for doctoral students in all stages of their dissertation projects. It provides a platform where they can present their design-oriented dissertation projects and receive feedback, guidance, and support. Students will meet peers who also conduct design-oriented doctoral studies as well as experienced scholars who will provide substantive developmental feedback.


Shirley Gregor

Australian National University, Australia

Gerhard Schwabe

University of Zürich, Switzerland

Stefan Seidel

University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein


This years' DESRIST doctoral consortium senior faculty panel consists of:

  • Christine Legner, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
  • Sandeep Purao, Bentley University, USA
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Finland
  • Kari Smolander, Aalto University, Finland
  • Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland


To apply for presentation at the DESRIST Doctoral Consortium, please submit a paper addressing the following points. Your paper should exclusively address your thesis and related issues:

  • Research background
  • Research problem / research questions
  • DSR methodological approach
  • Description of artifact or design theory
  • Expected contribution
  • Next steps
  • Challenges and specific issues that you would like to discuss at the consortium

Your submission must not exceed 8 pages, Din A4 or letter format with 2.5 cm margin, 12 points Times New Roman font. The materials must be sent via email to the consortium chairs (see emails below). All submissions must be in doc/docx or pdf format. The application must be received no later than midnight Central European Standard Time (CET) on March 4, 2017. Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Significance
  • Justification and rigor
  • Clarity


  • Doctoral Consortium Application Deadline: March 04, 2017
  • Doctoral Consortium Notifications: April 10, 2017
  • Doctoral Consortium: May 30, 2017
  • Conference: May 31 - June 1, 2017
  • Service Summit: June 2, 2017


Please send your proposal to the chairs, using the submission guideliness described above.

Event Locations

DESRIST 2017 takes place at really inspiring places - right in the heart of Germany's secret IT capital.

Event Sponsors

This event is sponsored by the digital innovation center DIZ (Digitales Innovationszentrum Karlsruhe). DIZ actively supports small and medium-size enterprises in Baden-Württemberg as well as regional politics to face the challenges of the digital age. It is funded and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment and Housing of Baden-Württemberg.