Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops

Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops complement Dagstuhl Seminars. They look beyond recent research far into the future, trying to identify new goals, fields and applications of computer science. The scope of Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops includes reflection about the state of individual or overlapping fields. In major time-lags (e.g. every two years) workshops concentrating on computer science as a whole are accomplished.

Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops are more oriented towards a small group of internationally renowned senior researchers for an intensive discussion with a focus on strategy. In contrast to Dagstuhl Seminars they do not refer to their actual research results but reflect the state of a field, identify strengths and weaknesses, determine promising new developments and relevant new problems, and seek synergies between different fields.

Concept

Dagstuhl Perspective Workshops are lead by a small group of established leaders in their field. They invite 15 to 30 participants of international standing to discuss thoroughly for 3 to 5 days the status quo and the future direction of a field in computer science. Compared with Dagstuhl Seminars, a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop is more oriented towards senior researchers with a focus on strategy.

Objectives

Guided by their extensive experience, participants of the workshop analyze the status quo of a field and jointly develop a vision for its future. This may entail, for example:

  • identifying strengths and shortcomings of a field,
  • identifying development perspectives for a field,
  • locating synergies between fields,
  • encouraging concentrations,
  • providing suggestions for research projects,
  • prompting Dagstuhl Seminars to explore directions,
  • opening existing research fields for beneficial and valuable applications,
  • triggering innovations.

At the level of funding agencies and research policies results from Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops may provide recommendations for research investments.

How the Workshops Are Conducted

At Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops discussion takes front stage. In contrast to Dagstuhl Seminars, which focus on recent research results and ideas, the focus is on presenting and discussing position papers. However, invitation to a workshop does not require submission of a paper in advance.

Discussion is most productive when the number of participants is limited to 15-30 of a field's international elite. Participants receive personal invitations from Dagstuhl office.

Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops could run for 3 to 5 days.

Results

The result from a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop is a Dagstuhl Manifesto. Such a manifesto should include research directions that are put into a larger context, like its relevance for society and economy, applications, and relations to other fields. Its audience goes beyond the inner circle of experts and should include policy makers.

Dagstuhl's Scientific Directorate acts as editoral board for Dagstuhl Manifestos. Once a manifesto is accepted, it will be published in the series Dagstuhl Manifestos. Furthermore, manifestos are passed to national and European funding agencies. Beyond that, summaries of selected manifestos can be published in the column „Dagstuhl Manifestos“ of the journal Informatik-Spektrum (Springer).

Quite likely, organizers of a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop will be asked to present the results of the workshop at one meeting of Dagstuhl’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Grants and Other Funding

Sometimes the Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops receive partial funding from the DFG in their capacity as "roundtable talks".

Childcare Assistance

Schloss Dagstuhl wishes to support parents who would otherwise not be able to attend our events due to a lack of childcare opportunities at home. You will find more detailed information here.

Responsible Staff Member

In case of questions concerning planning and organization of Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops, please contact:

 

Dr. Roswitha Bardohl

Phone: + 49 (0)681 / 302 38 47

E-Mail: Roswitha.Bardohl(at)dagstuhl.de

 

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Differences to Dagstuhl Seminars

  • Small group of leading researchers
  • Focus is on the research area, not on the recent results of the participants
  • Goal is positioning of the research area and visions for the future
  • Result is a manifesto
  • Dissemination to funding agencies

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