The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference will include a doctoral symposium, to which all PhD students working on the topics of the Middleware conference are invited to apply. The doctoral symposium will be held prior to the main conference.

The goal of the doctoral symposium is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment where PhD students working in related fields can receive feedback, discuss their work, and prepare to get the most out of their participation in the main conference. All participating students will be offered the opportunity to engage with their peers, as well as with senior academic and industrial members of the Middleware community. This will include the feedback of panel members on the day of the symposium and individual meetings with a personal mentor during the conference. The symposium is open to PhD students at any stage of their studies.

Applicants will be divided into two groups:

  • Early-stage research: students at an early stage of their thesis who are focused on crafting their research proposal and completing background research.
  • Late-stage research: students closer to finishing their thesis or dissertation and thinking about how to present their research, its results, and its impact.

All PhD students carrying out research on middleware topics are invited to submit a position paper to the doctoral symposium. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the symposium’s committee of selected mentors. The criteria for accepting papers includes the extent of the contribution of the work to the field, the originality of the problem, and the overall quality of the position paper. Position papers should fit within the research topics of the Middleware 2021 main conference.


Position papers are limited to 2 pages (for early-stage research students) or 4 pages (for late-stage research students). Students should identify the category they belong to. Submissions must use the same format as for the research papers. The suggested format is detailed on the Middleware 2021 website. Please see the submission format for the research track.

The submissions should include an author name and associated affiliation: the only author should be the PhD student (other contributors, e.g., the PhD student’s advisor(s), can be acknowledged in a separate section at the end). The students should ask a letter of reference from their PhD advisor, which should accompany the submission.

Contributions to the Middleware 2021 Doctoral symposium will appear in the proceedings that supplements the main conference proceedings.

Accepted position paper will lead to a presentation during the doctoral symposium.

  • Presentation format: TBD


  • Submission: Wednesday, September 15 September 22, 2021
  • Notification: Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Camera Ready Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021

All deadlines are 23:59 AOE.


Submissions will be handled through HotCRP:


Doctoral students that submit their work to this symposium are strongly encouraged to apply for student travel grants to attend Middleware 2021. Students participating in the doctoral symposium will be given priority for the travel grants.

Please see the conference website for more details about the student travel grant.


For any further questions, please contact the Middleware 2021 Doctoral Symposium chairs.

For the camera-ready instructions, please visit the camera-ready instructions page.

The Middleware conference adheres strictly to the ACM policies against discrimination and harassment.


Events Dates
Abstract Submission May 15th May 22nd, 2021
Full Paper Submission May 22nd June 1st, 2021
Author Notification August 15th August 22nd, 2021
Revised Submissions September 15th, 2021
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers September 30th, 2021
Camera Ready October 18th, 2021


Events Dates
Workshop Proposal Submission May 21st, 2021
Industry Track Abstract Submission May 15th May 22nd, 2021
Industry Track Full Paper Submission May 22nd June 1st, 2021
Doctoral Symposium Submission September 15th September 22nd, 2021
Demo & Poster Submission October 1st, 2021


Events Dates
Abstract Submission November 20th, 2020
Full Paper Submission December 1st, 2020
Author Notification February 28th March 3rd, 2021
Revised Submissions April 2nd April 5th, 2021
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers April 30th May 20th, 2021
Camera Ready June 14th July 7th, 2021
Conference December 6th – 10th, 2021