Doctoral Colloquium Chairs

  • Louis Nisiotis, University of Central Lancashire – Cyprus Campus, Cyprus
  • Tiago Martins Peres, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Graduate students from across the disciplines are invited to join us on the iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela, for our Doctoral Colloquium (DC) at the 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2021). This IEEE technically co-sponsored conference is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learning across sectors and contexts.

Scope, nature, and eligibility

The scope of the iLRN 2021 DC encompasses all areas of VR/AR/MR (XR) and immersive learning research, with contributions being peer-reviewed scholarly papers of 2 to 3 double-column pages* in standard IEEE conference paper format, whose lead or sole author is a student. Both doctoral-level as well as master’s by research students/candidates are eligible to submit to the DC.

Authors whose papers are accepted for the DC will each be required to (a) create a pre-recorded video of no longer than 7 minutes in length describing their research or proposed research as well as (b) give a live presentation and engage in a moderated discussion during a designated DC session. DC presenters may also optionally present a poster during one of the iLRN 2021 poster sessions. Come to the colloquium, get suggestions and support, then present your improved poster at the wider conference!

The Doctoral Colloquium is part of the Academic Stream of the conference, intended for those who wish to publish peer-reviewed papers in the conference proceedings. If you are interested in presenting/sharing and soliciting feedback on your work/ideas without publishing a paper, please consider submitting a proposal to the iLRN 2021 Student Forum or to the Practitioner Stream instead.

Benefits of participation

The iLRN 2021 DC will provide graduate-level students who are either planning to undertake or currently undertaking VR/AR/MR (XR) and immersive learning research as part of their studies with a platform to:

  • Build their networks by connecting with other scholars both synchronously on the iLRN Virtual Campus—which is capable of hosting thousands of concurrent users —as well as asynchronously through iLRN’s Discord server and social media groups/channels;
  • Obtain early visibility for their proposed and/or ongoing research;
  • Solicit constructive feedback on their work, with the feedback being provided by graduate students, for graduate students.

Paper submission and review

Please see the Academic Stream page for guidance on preparing and submitting a paper (including the template to be used), as well as for a list of review criteria according to which paper submissions will be evaluated.

Guidelines for videos to accompany accepted papers will be added here in due course.

Registration requirements

The same registration requirements as those in the Academic Stream apply to DC contributions.


Inquiries regarding the Doctoral Colloquium may be directed to the DC Chairs at [email protected]. Please note that paper submissions cannot be accepted via email; papers should be submitted online via the conference’s ConfTool submission system, a link to which can be found on the Academic Stream page.