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Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, iFutures, a one-day conference organised by doctoral students for doctoral students in the Information Science community returns on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the University of Sheffield.

The theme of the 2014 conference is “Research into Practice.”

Our keynote speakers are:

Dr. David Bawden
Professor of Information Science, City University, London,

Dr. Mounia Lalmas
Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs

The event will include the presentation of student research papers, workshops on issues relating to research dissemination and impact, and student poster and Pecha Kucha sessions. More details, including a tentative programme for the day, can be found on the conference website:

We are inviting the following types of submissions:
a) Papers: Intended as a means of introducing your current research in a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words; final papers should be no more than 1500 words.
b) Posters: Display your research for discussion with fellow PhD students. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words; final papers are optional (no more than 1000 words).
c) Pecha Kucha Presentations: How do you envision your research, or IS research in general, impacting or influencing society? You have 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each to address this question. For more information about the Pecha Kucha format, see

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words; final papers are optional (no more than 1000 words).

Authors are requested to submit abstracts by Friday, May 14th. Abstracts are being reviewed by a panel of PhD students, and accepted submissions will be notified by Monday 26th May.  Successful authors of papers will be invited to submit a short paper of up to 1500 words, for publication in our open access conference proceedings. Poster and Pecha Kucha presenters will also have the option of submitting a paper for publication.

To begin the submissions process, go to:
N.B. When creating a profile please be sure to tick “Author” at the bottom of the registration page. Once you have created a profile, clicking on the User Home tab will allow you to begin a New Submission.

We hope that the conference will offer you a valuable opportunity to gain conference presenting experience, network with your peers from other institutions, and get feedback on your work in an encouraging environment.

For more information please contact the iFutures team (

Registration is also open



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