ENTER2015 PhD Workshop - Call for Research Proposals

Organised by the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT), the pre-conference event provides a forum for doctoral students undertaking research related to Information and Communication Technology in Travel and Tourism to interactively discuss their research with peers, colleagues, and leading supervisors and scholars in the field. Doctoral students at all stages (i.e. beginning as well as nearly completed) are encouraged to participate.

This workshop will provide doctoral students an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas in a critical but supportive environment, get feedback from mentors who are senior members within the IT and Tourism research community, explore issues related to academic and research careers, and build relationships with other students, researchers and members of the community from around the world.

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and discuss with journal editors in order to get familiarised and learn how to best write and submit papers to leading academic journals. 

Please note there is NO COST to students or faculty for participating in this workshop. Also the full ENTER 2015 conference is heavily discounted for students to encourage active participation in ENTER 2015.

Call for Research Proposals

The workshop invites all interested doctoral students to submit their research proposals for review and feedback. The research proposals should be a maximum length of five pages (A4) and should typically include the following headings:

  1. problem definition
  2. literature review
  3. conceptual development
  4. proposed methodology
  5. anticipated results
  6. references.

In your submission, please also indicate your progress toward completion of the thesis (i.e. thinking about it, just beginning the process, completed proposal, etc.)

Each submission will undergo a review process. Students will be notified about the review outcome, along with recommendations to improve the proposal before the workshop. Accepted proposals will be made available as e-book to workshop participants before the Workshop and published on IFITT website

Participants are also required to prepare a poster presentation, which will be displayed throughout the entire ENTER conference. The best research proposal will receive an award and will be recognized at the main conference event!


Step 1: Please download the PhD-Workshop Author Advice as a style guide

Step 2: Submit your proposal to EASY CHAIR for ENTER2015 (SELECT PhD Workshop)

Time Schedule 

  • Submission closes: 31th October, 2014
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection/Revision: 9th November, 2014 
  • Submit revised proposal: 23rd November, 2014 
  • Final acceptance: 7th December, 2014 
  • PhD Workshop: 3rd February, 2015 
  • ENTER Conference: 3rd -6th February, 2015

Presentation Template

Please download here a template for your Presentation during ENTER2015 PhD Workshop Conference

ENTER2015 PHD Workshop Chairs 

Matthias Fuchs, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

Wolfram Höpken, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany

Anastasia Mariussen, Oslo School of Management

Zheng Xiang, Virginia Tech, USA

If you would like to participate or need more information please contact one of the ENTER PhD workshop chairs. 

Soultana Symeonidou - Researcher, Bournemouth University
Soultana Symeonidou - Researcher, Bournemouth University

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