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Graduate Student Symposium

2023 Call for Graduate Student Symposium

Important Dates

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.

  • Submission Due: April 13th, 2023 (Thursday)
  • Notification: April 26, 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Camera-ready completion deadline: May 10, 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Symposium: Monday June 19, 2023


Graduate Student Symposium Chairs

  • Michael Mose Biskjaer, Aarhus University
  • Sang Won Lee, Virginia Tech
  • Lydia B. Chilton, Columbia University




  • Virtual conference (virtual GSS)
  • 3 hour zoom
  • 10-minute individual presentation
  • Time for feedback.


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 “Organic Creative Spaces.” Please refer to the main Call for Papers for more information on the conference.

For the GSS at C&C 2023, 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) and b) a brief biographical sketch (mandatory). Upon acceptance at the GSS, participants will be asked to upload a brief video of their presentation (mandatory), 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 2023 conference and the conference theme.

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 should not be included in the initial submission to the GSS. Only applicants, who are accepted at the GSS, will be asked to upload a short video of their presentation. Details about the videos will be announced well in advance of the Creativity & Cognition 2023 GSS. These pre-recorded presentations will serve as lead-ups to hopefully lively discussions with the mentors and the other participants.

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.


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 2021 conference.

Please note that submissions to the Creativity & Cognition 2023 GSS should NOT be anonymized.

The initial submission for the Creativity & Cognition 2023 GSS should include:

  • A paper in the ACM SIGCHI submission template format (SIGCHI ACM new, standardized single-column format including templates for both LaTeX and Word). The paper should be between 2000 and 3000 words, excluding titles, references and figure/table captions. The paper 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.


Where to Submit

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

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 2023
  • Track: Creativity & Cognition 2023 Graduate Symposium


Publications Policy

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