Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium

The objective of the symposium is to provide young researchers with an opportunity to present their research proposals to the empirical software engineering community and receive feedback both from the experts, peers and practitioners of this community.

Experienced members of the empirical software engineering community will serve as symposium advisers to provide positive and detailed feedback to students work. Participating students will also undertake peer review of their peers’ submissions to provide additional feedback as well as expand their reviewing skills; take part in tutorials on relevant topics for empirical SE, and developed collaborations and peer networks networks.

Participants must be current doctoral students, preferably at a mid-point in their dissertation work (though other doctoral students are also welcome). The submitted research proposal should be single-authored, limited to 6 pages, include the advisor’s name, student’s email address, and address the below headings:

  • Title and abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Motivation, rationale, background of the research
  • Key Research Questions/Challenges questions to be addressed
  • Work Plan explaining how the challenges would be addressed (as far as possible, given the current stage of the PhD work)
    • Research approach, empirical study design and arrangements
    • Definition of most important metrics (e.g. following the GQM approach)
    • Data analysis methods and techniques
    • Validity threats and their control
    • Summary of the current status of the research and planned next steps
  • Summary of points on which the author would like to get the most advice on
  • Relevant prior work

Submissions must be written in English and formatted using ACM template ( ​). (Note: In the new ACM template, the submission template provided by the ACM is now one-column. The camera-ready version is still supposed to be two-column. The difference may make it difficult for authors to estimate their page numbers in the camera-ready version. For Word Template users, they shall refer to the Table at the bottom of the link to estimate the paper's pages in the camera-ready version. For Latex template users, the authors can use \documentclass[sigconf,authordraft]{acmart} to write the paper and to control the number of pages in camera-ready version, and then change it to \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart} for submitting the paper for review.)

The paper shall be submitted via Easychair

We encourage both the authors and the reviewers of EASE to refer to the ACM Empirical Standard ( in preparing their submissions and reviews, to ensure thorough work as well as objective assessment.

The conference proceedings will be published by ACM. The ACM offers options for Open Access (

Travel Funds

The conference can provide travel funds to support PhD students planning to travel to the conference in person (note, virtual participation is fully supported). If you want to apply for travel funds, please:

  1. Write a short travel fund application letter, noting the amount applied for, the reasons for applying and what expenses you will cover with the funds
  2. Submit the letter to Daniela Cruzes (
  3. Applications will be prioritised on the highest need basis.

Important Dates for the PhD Symposium Track:

  • Papers submission: March 26, 2021
  • Notification: April 19, 2021
  • Camera-ready April 30, 2021

PhD Symposium Co-Chairs:

  • Daniela S. Cruzes (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Stefanie Betz (Furtwangen University, Germany)

Hosted by NTNU

EASE 2021 is hosted by NTNU

link to NTNU website