Call for Participation: Inaugural ARDIN Early Scholars Academy (November 11, 2023) at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling 

The ARDIN Early Scholars Academy/ICIDS Doctoral Consortium (DC) is an opportunity for PhD students to present their research in areas related to topics of the ICIDS conference. Participants will receive expert feedback on their current research and will have opportunities to discuss their work with peers and mentors. In addition, they will receive guidance on future research directions and career planning.

Based on prior experiences (last year’s DC went on for 5 h and participants still wanted to continue) we are extending the DC this year to a full day as the inaugural ARDIN Early Scholars Academy to have ample time for presentations, communal feedback, individual discussions with mentors and discussions about career development.

 The event is intended for students who have articulated a research proposal and can point to some initial results. The work should still be in progress and malleable enough to take advantage of the feedback. 


Extended Deadline: Submit before midnight (AoE) on September 17, 2023 in one combined PDF to 

  • Short paper (max 4 pages in LNCS Format, plus references) describing the research work, initial results, status and next steps. 
  • CV of the PhD candidate (1-2 pages) including a list of own previous publications (if available) 
  • Additional materials (videos etc.) can also be submitted by adding links to the submission PDF
  • Submissions should be authored by the student only, and they do not need to be anonymized for review. 

Review process

Contributions will be reviewed by a panel of experts, selected to match the topics of the contributions. In addition to quality of submission, additional factors such as expected thesis submission date (priority will be given to students with less time to completion), as well as diversity of students across research areas and institutions will also be considered. The selected contributions won’t be included in the conference proceedings but the mentors are happy to discuss further publication possibilities, based on the quality of the papers


Accepted contributions will be presented at the ICIDS 2023 DC and receive feedback from a panel of experts. Participants must register for the conference for physical or hybrid attendance. Remote participation is possible, as ICIDS is a hybrid conference, however, physical attendance is recommended for the full experience.


ARDIN is happy to announce the availability of travel scholarships. Accepted participants can apply after acceptance by stating their need (e.g. flight ticket, accommodation) in an email to Funds are limited and the scholarships will be awarded strictly on a per-need basis.

Important Dates

10 September, 2023 – submission deadline

20 September, 2023 – acceptances/rejections will be sent to authors

25 September, 2023 – deadline for applying for scholarship funding 

1 October, 2023 – scholarship funding confirmation will be sent

11 November, 2023 – Doctoral Consortium

The ICIDS 2023 DC Chairs, 

Agnes Karolina Bakk 

(Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, HU) 

Hartmut Koenitz 

(Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden)

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