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ECS-FOIS 2020 : Early Career Symposium at the 11th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems


When Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 17, 2020
Where Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2020
Notification Due Jul 1, 2020
Final Version Due Aug 2, 2020
Categories    applied ontology   conceptual modeling   knowledge representation   information systems

Call For Papers


Early Career Symposium at FOIS 2020

Important dates:
June 1, 2020: Submission deadline
July 1, 2020: Notification of acceptance
August 2, 2020: Submission of camera-ready version
September 14-17, 2020: ECS at FOIS 2020

The International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS) is one of the leading conferences in ontology engineering. FOIS aims to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.
The FOIS 2020 conference, to be held in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy), September 14-17, 2020, will host an Early Career Symposium (ECS). This event is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work at one of the leading conferences in formal ontology and to get first-hand feedback and mentorship from senior researchers in their field. It will also allow participants to network with other (early career) scientists in the broad field of ontology, as well as to participate in a rich social environment together with peers. Topics of interest include all topics relevant to the interdisciplinary field of ontology as outlined in the topics of interest for FOIS 2020.

The ECS will be held as a poster session within the main FOIS conference. The poster session will be preceded by a lightning talks session, during which each participant has the opportunity to advertise his/her work in a 5 minutes speech in front of the general audience of the conference. Each participant will be assigned a senior researcher as mentor, who will provide substantial feedback to his/her work.
Moreover, a PhD Lounge will allow early career scientists to meet and discuss their work with each other, their mentors and other senior researchers.

The ECS is open to students at the Masters and Doctoral Levels that have not defended their thesis before the ECS Submission deadline.
Candidates must submit a short description of their research project, which should not be longer than 3 pages. Submissions will be reviewed by selected members of the FOIS Program Committee. Final submission is via EasyChair (see submission instructions):
The submissions should follow the submission template available here: The template is meant to be used as a general reference to organize the description of the submitted research project in different sections with specific contents. Make sure that the final version of your submission is in a single pdf file.
The abstracts (up to 500 words), included in the projects' descriptions, will be published as part of the JOWO proceedings by CEUR (ISSN 1613-0073, DBLP-indexed).

The successful authors must register for the main conference.
A limited number of scholarships will be available to support student participation. Further information will be soon available on the website:

ECS Organizers
Selja Seppälä, PhD | Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career-FIT Fellow | GR3C | University College Cork, Ireland
Pawel Garbacz, PhD | Associate Professor | The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland


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