Dagstuhl Seminars are frequently praised by participants as the most productive academic events they have ever experienced. This can be attributed to Dagstuhl's unique concept: Dagstul seminars promote personal interaction and open discussion of results as well as ideas. Unlike at most conferences, the focus is not solely on the presentation of established results but to equal parts on results, ideas, sketches, and open problems. Dagstuhl offers one of Germany's most comprehensive research libraries for computer science, meeting rooms of all sizes, and modern IT facilities. It has earned a reputation as Informatics Capital throughout the world.
Dagstuhl offers modern facilities and is located in the scenic countryside of Saarland. It is run by competent and helpful staff on site and the Dagstuhl Office at Saarland University. The Dagstuhl Seminars are the main focus of the Dagstuhl Center; there is a seminar almost every week throughout the year.
Historically, Dagstuhl Seminars are modeled after the fora at the Mathematics Research Institute at Oberwolfach but have grown into an independent concept. A seminar typically lasts for a week (Monday to Friday) and is initiated by at most four organizers, established leaders in their field, representing the different communities invited to the Seminar, preferably from different institutions. Dagstuhl invites on their behalf about 35 to 45 researchers of international standing from academia and industry, among them promising young researchers. Most seminars discuss an established field within computer science. However, Dagstuhl Seminars are also known for establishing new directions by bringing together separate fields or even scientific disciplines. To encourage participation from industry, 3-day seminars and seminars with a special Industry Day are offered as well.
A Dagstuhl Seminar typically does not come with a set program. Instead, the pace and the program are guided by topics and presentations that evolve through discussions. In particular, Dagstuhl does not require participants to submit a paper for presentation, or to give a presentation at all. On the contrary, Dagstuhl encourages to present new ideas and work in progress.
We at Dagstuhl understand that even the most productive mind needs some rest. Our guests enjoy modern rooms in a smoke-free environment, local food and various leisure facilities like bikes, sauna, games, and the ever popular wine cellar. In addition, most seminars reserve half a day for an outing like a hike or a trip to the city of Trier.
How the Seminars Are Conducted
There is no set program followed at the Dagstuhl Seminars. The pace and the procedure followed are determined by the presentations offered during the seminar and the discussion results. In contrast to conventional conferences, Dagstuhl Seminars also provide for a favorable opportunity to report on current, as yet unconcluded research work and ideas, and conduct in-depth discussions.
The optimal number of participants at Dagstuhl Seminars is between 35 and 45. The group should be a good mix of established researchers of international renown and promising young researchers, practicians and theorists.
The seminars generally last a week (Monday–Friday). 3-day seminars are also offered (Monday–Wednesday or Thursday–Saturday). "Industrials days" can be designated for long seminars at which a sizable portion of the participants come from industry and many of whose participants cannot stay for the entire week.
If you would like to organize a Dagstuhl Seminar you should submit a seminar proposal. Such a proposal should include a tentative invitation list. The proposal will be reviewed by Dagstuhl's Scientific Directorate and once your proposal is approved, our staff will help you to organize the seminar.
Your proposal should clearly motivate the topic of your seminar and include an invitation list of the most suitable people to discuss it. The checklist will help you make sure that you haven't overlooked anything in your proposal. For details, please refer to Information for Submitting Proposals or contact us for questions.
Please use our DOSA system for submitting your proposal online.
If you like to hold a project meeting or meet with your group away from its day-to-day business, you can do this at Dagstuhl, too. Please contact us for inquiries.
Participation / Information for Arriving Guests
In order to maintain the constant high standard of the Dagstuhl Seminars, topics for the seminars and a list of participants are submitted to the Scientific Directorate in the form of a proposal and reviewed by it. Consequently, participation in a seminar is by personal invitation only. Space permitting, applications can be submitted by young research scientists and those from industry. Applications are to be directed to Dagstuhl Office. Please don't forget to include a short academic CV.
For instructions for finding your way to the Center and useful information on the Center and what it offers, please refer to Information for Arriving Guests.
Please see expenses for detailed information regarding the costs of room and board for Dagstuhl Seminar and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop participants.