Call for Doctoral Consortium & Spring School

The ACC 2023 Doctoral Consortium (DC) & Spring School will be held virtually as part of the 1st International Conference on African Cities - Digital and Smart Cities, which will take place on 23 and 24 May 2023 at the Novotel hotel in Cotonou, Benin. This forum will allow early career PhD students as well as postgraduate students to focus on an issue related to African cities within the scope of the ACC 2023 conference themes.

The DC offers the opportunity to present and discuss their doctoral research ideas and progress in a supportive, formative yet critical environment, and to receive feedback from examiners, mentors and peers in the field of their thesis topic. The doctoral consortium will also provide opportunities for networking and collaboration with other members of the ACC community. We welcome submissions in all areas of research related to African cities and particularly in digital and smart cities (see "Topics of Interest").

The event is open to both early-career and late-career PhD candidates and asks them to formulate and submit a concrete research proposal, preferably supported by preliminary results. The submission will be reviewed by the conference programme committee. Accepted papers will be supervised by a designated mentor, usually an experienced researcher in the field. If accepted, students will be required to register and attend the event, which will include a series of interactive activities with a spring school. Details of the submission can be found below under "ACC's DC Submission Details".

ACC’s DC Submission Details

Students must submit a 3 - 6 page description (excluding references and appendices) of their doctoral research proposal. Papers must be written in English and follow the E3S web of conference formatting guidelines available HERE.

Papers must have a single author (the PhD candidate). Supervisors, other persons involved and funders should be acknowledged in an Acknowledgements section.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference submission system.

All submissions of papers for the DC must contain the following elements:

  • Background and motivation: What is the societal and research context of the research?
  • Problem statement: What is the general problem that the research addresses?
  • Related work: How does the research fit into the state of the art?
  • Research questions/challenges: What are the questions the research answers?
  • Method/approach and evaluation: How are each of the research questions answered? How are the results evaluated?
  • Preliminary results: (if available).
  • Discussion and future work: What are the intermediate findings, and what are the next steps planned?

Accepted CD papers will be published in the main proceedings of the 1st International Conference on African Cities and more specifically in the proceeding E3S web of conference indexed in Scopus, WoS and many others. Authors will have the opportunity to decline to be included in these proceedings.

ACC’s DC important dates
  • Submission deadline: March 25, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2023
  • Camera-ready Submission: May 05, 2023
  • Registration due date: May 15, 2023
  • DC & Spring School date: May 23-24, 2023
Doctoral Consortium & Spring School chairs
  • El Bachir Diop, Center of Urban System CUS, UM6P, Benguérir, Morocco
  • Stéphane C. K. Tékouabou, Center of Urban System CUS, UM6P, Benguérir, Morocco