Thursday, 10. September 2015

Call for Proposals

Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics is currently seeking proposals for Dagstuhl Seminars and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops. Please encourage colleagues in your field to think about submitting a proposal, or consider collaborating on a proposal yourself. The deadline for proposal submission is November 1, 2015.


* Seminar Format:
A Dagstuhl Seminar discusses new and ongoing research, whereas a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops reflects on the current state of an area to develop a vision for the future. Dagstuhl Seminars in the past have been instrumental in developing new directions and fields and are especially well suited for young ideas that have not yet found an established venue. We particularly welcome topics that span several subject areas, are interdisciplinary, and/or are relevant to industry. Dagstuhl's capacity has been increasingly allocated to series (defined as three or more seminars focused on the same topic and community), which leaves us with less freedom to support emergent topics or those that bring together diverse communities. For this reason, we ask that proposers of seminars forming part of a series give evidence of the success of prior seminars in the series and provide good reasons as to why it merits continuation.


More information about Dagstuhl Seminars and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops is available at:


* Organizer Team:

A seminar or workshop is organized by a maximum of four outstanding researchers of different affiliations. You may also designate an additional (typically junior) researcher to act as coordinator. The organizer team should represent a range of research communities and reflect Dagstuhl's international orientation. Proposals covering topics with a strong research presence in a specific geographical region (e.g., Europe, Americas, Asia) should include an organizer from that region if possible. Likewise, industry-relevant seminars would greatly benefit from an organizer who is active in industry. In general, we encourage you to put together a balanced organizer team that represents the top researchers in their scientific communities, including women esearchers if your community has that advantage.


Including more than four organizers in total, or more than two organizers with the same affiliation, requires a clear scientific justification in your proposal and is subject to change by the Scientific Directorate.


* Seminar Size:

You may apply for a 30- or 45-person seminar. In either case, please specify whether your proposed seminar is for 3 or 5 days. Both 5-day seminars with up to 45 participants and 3- or 5-day seminars with up to 30 participants work well in our experience.


* Scheduling Options: 

Seminars with up to 30 participants are likely to be scheduled between July 2016 and February 2017, and those with up to 45 participants between October 2016 and June 2017. If you propose a date outside of these general periods, please tell us your reasons for doing so.


* Proposal Guidelines and Submission:

A typical proposal is less than ten pages long, organizer CVs and invitee list included. Please submit your application electronically via the DOSA dedicated web interface. To submit, you will need to enter the metadata into DOSA and upload the proposal as a single PDF file plus the invitee list as a CSV file. Your invitee list should therefore be submitted twice: via DOSA as a separate CSV file and within the pdf file of the proposal itself. You can learn more about the submission process on the following web pages:



Your proposal can list both preferred and block-out dates for your seminar (also to be entered via DOSA).  If your proposal is accepted, we will try to schedule the seminar on one of your preferred dates but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. In general, we do respect your block-out dates.


* Proposal review and selection:

Proposals will be reviewed by our Scientific Directorate in January 2016, and notifications will likely be sent out in February 2016.


       Raimund Seidel 
       Scientific Director 
       Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics