Graduate student symposium

2021 Call for graduate student symposium

Important Dates

  • Submission Due: April 12th, 2021 @ 11:59 PM
  • Notification: May 3rd, 2021
  • Camera Ready: May 17th, 2021
  • Symposium: June 21, 2021

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.

Graduate Student Symposium Chairs

  • Michael Mose Biskjaer, Aarhus University
  • Ellen Do, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Sara Jones, City University of London



  • More information on this will follow


  • More information on this will follow.

Call Description

The Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) provides a forum in which students have a unique opportunity to meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. The forum offers an informal and interactive setting for acquiring feedback on current research and creative explorations and to receive guidance on challenges and future directions. Applications may address any of the topics, approaches and disciplines related to creativity and cognition. The main conference theme this year is “Creativity, Craft & Design.” Please refer to the main Call for Papers for more information on the conference.

For the GSS, we welcome applications from graduate students enrolled in a research-oriented doctoral program or other terminal degree program (e.g. MFA) in any of the disciplines and approaches related to creativity and cognition. Applicants should have an established direction of research relevant to the conference. In addition, their research should be focused and advanced enough that they will benefit from guidance and feedback provided by peers and senior colleagues at the GSS.

Applicants for the GSS should submit a) a paper (mandatory), b) a poster (mandatory), c) a brief biographical sketch (mandatory), and d) a video (optional), see details below.

The paper must be entirely authored by the doctoral student. The paper should introduce the relevant research including its aim, scope, and expected contribution as well as the design and/or arts context. Additionally, the paper should briefly summarize completed work at the time of submission and ongoing work, and lay out a planned trajectory of work toward thesis completion. The paper can highlight a particular aspect of the student’s doctoral work if this would be specifically appropriate to the Creativity & Cognition 2021 conference and the conference theme.

The poster should be in portrait format, reduced to one standard letter page in size, and be legible and printable on an A4 sheet of paper. The poster should be submitted in the PDF file format.

Upon acceptance at the GSS, successful applicants will receive further instructions about the final poster sizing for wall display as well additional layout requirements. These students will then be expected to print and bring their own full-size posters, which will be shown during the general conference poster session.

The biographical sketch should serve as a letter of introduction for the applicant and include a list of any relevant publications. The sketch should explicate the applicant’s motivation for applying and expected benefits from participation in the GSS. Also, the sketch should state what the applicant would like to get feedback on during the GSS, e.g., how to best deploy a novel method, set up a specific study, bridge gaps in existing theory, develop interdisciplinary perspectives, etc.

The video is optional (but encouraged), since e.g. demoing a prototype or showcasing an interactive installation might be difficult to do adequately in a purely paper-based format. The video should accompany the paper for the purpose of review and convey in more detail the doctoral work that the applicant is engaged in.

Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions in the GSS and motivation for participation. All students will be expected to give a short presentation of their work (details follow upon acceptance) as a lead-up to a discussion with the mentors and the other student participants.

Format and Submission Details

Submissions to the GSS consist of the following items, which should all be submitted using the Precision Conference Solutions (PCS) website. The total amount of all submitted materials, including the optional video (see below), should not exceed 100 MB. If you are unsure of what constitutes a well-formed submission for the Creativity & Cognition conference series, please review the examples in the ACM Digital Library for our 2019 conference.

Please note that submissions to the Creativity & Cognition 2021 GSS should NOT be anonymized.

A submission for the Creativity & Cognition 2021 GSS should include:

  • The paper in the ACM SIGCHI submission template format (SIGCHI ACM new, standardized single-column format including templates for both LaTeX and Word). The length of the paper should be 4 to 6 pages, excluding references. The paper is mandatory.
  • A poster in the PDF file format that presents the applicant’s ongoing PhD project. The poster should be in portrait mode and be legible and printable on an A4 sheet of paper. The poster is mandatory.
  • A biographical sketch of no more than 600 words, excluding any publications. The sketch should be written as a letter of introduction focusing on the applicant’s motivation, expected benefits from participation in the GSS, and requests for feedback from peers and mentors. The sketch is mandatory.
  • A video to accompany the paper for the purpose of review. The video should be no more than five minutes long. The video is optional (but encouraged).

Where to Submit

Please submit via the Precision Conference (PCS) website below:

Once you have logged into the PCS website, select the following options under “Submissions” and click the Go button.

  • Society: SIGCHI
  • Conference/Journal: Creativity & Cognition 2021
  • Track: Creativity & Cognition 2021 Graduate Symposium