ICSOB 2022

PhD Retreat PhD Retreat on Alps – Call for Submissions

The ICSOB 2022 PhD Retreat is an exciting one-day event that will happen on the beautiful Italian Alps. The retreat is designed to bring together PhD students who work on research related to software-intensive business. Additional details on the conference and our research topics are available here. The PhD Retreat provides a friendly and developmental environment for PhD students to present their research proposal as well as intermediate results, and to discuss them with experts and peers of PhD students in the same field.

The main goals of the PhD Retreat are to provide an opportunity for PhD students to:

The PhD Retreat will take place at a beautiful location on the Italian Alps - Renon mountain, which is at the very heart of South Tyrol, above the region’s capital city Bolzano. The retreat will be hosted by “Haus der Familie”, a retreat center that is built for hosting courses and community events. It is right on the path of the famous “Freud Promenade”, the forest trail named after the famous psychologist Dr. Sigmund Freud, who spent his holidays in summer 1911 in a nearby hotel. Therefore, in addition to the technical sessions, the PhD retreat participants will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains, walk on the Freud Promenade, and explore the tranquility they have to offer.

Targeted participants

PhD students should consider participating in this PhD Retreat if they have already identified a topic to focus their PhD thesis on and have a proposed methodological plan (early-stage PhD students). It also targets PhD students who are in the mid-stage progress of their thesis (mid-stage PhD students). However, the PhD Retreat is NOT suitable for PhD students at the end of their PhD who have completed all of their research activities.

Submission Categories

We welcome two categories of submission:

Important dates


The PhD Retreat submission must consist of two elements:

To address the items above, we suggest the following structure: Problem, Knowledge Gap, Methodology, Timeline, Preliminary results (if any), and Expected contributions.

Students interested in participating in the PhD retreat must submit a short paper (5-9 pages) using the CEUR-ART one column template which is available here: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip (LaTeX) or http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEUR-Template-1col.docx (Word). We are aiming to submit the ICSOB 2022 Companion Proceedings, including the PhD retreat papers to CEUR-WS.org for online publication. Please note, there may be some restrictions regarding the volume of papers published via CEUR-WS.org which may prevent the online publication of PhD retreat papers.
All submissions must be written in English.

Review process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee. The main evaluation criteria are relevance, originality, soundness, accuracy, and clarity.


Accepted submissions will have the opportunity to present their work in the PhD Retreat, and to have camera-ready of their papers published in the post-conference proceedings. The camera-ready will be sent after the conference (deadline Nov 30, 2022), so that participants have the chance to polish their paper based on the feedback they got from the conference.

Participants (of the accepted submissions) will present their research in the conference. Each participant has a max of 10 minutes to present, and 5 min for answering questions. There will be networking breaks after blocks of presentations, where participants can get feedback and comments about their research in a more relaxed QA session.

After completing all the presentations, there will be a thesis-design workshop session held by experts who will be acting as mentors for the participants during the session.

In addition, participants will be invited to present at the poster session of the main conference to get more feedback from the conference attendees. This poster session will be an additional (optional) choice for the PhD retreat participants, without the need to submit their research to the poster track. For those participants who are interested to present at the poster track, you can see the poster submission here for more details about the poster formatting, in case you decide to participate. This information can help for preparing their physical posters to be consistent with the poster track formatting.