Call for Doctoral Program Submissions

The Doctoral Program (DP) of the CP conference is seeking submissions from research students (new and past participants) conducting research in constraint programming and related areas. The DP aims to provide an informal environment for students to discuss ongoing work and to network with experienced researchers. The DP is a full-day event that includes short presentations of student papers, discussions with senior researchers, poster presentations, networking activities and a social dinner. Participation requires a paper submission to the DP, reviewing of other submissions at the DP and attendance in person.

Paper Submission

Papers must be primarily the work of the student and can be work in progress, completed work or recently published work. Students whose work has been accepted in the main conference can submit a two-page extended abstract summarising the key findings. Otherwise, students must submit an original paper of up to 8 pages describing completed or ongoing research or a summary of their research/PhD topic. Submissions can include up to one additional page of references.

The submission form must clearly specify the student as the first author and list all advisors and co-authors. Papers must follow the LIPIcs guidelines of the main conference, be in PDF format and not include author information in the text or metadata. As the DP aims to develop academic maturity of young CP researchers, all reasonable submissions will be accepted.

Accepted papers will be made available online but not published in formal printed proceedings. This allows the submitted work to be reused and/or extended for submission to other conferences and journals.

Submission form on EasyChair.


A limited number of rooms at the Monastery of Saint Daniel Guesthouse have been put aside for students. Any student attending the DP or the main conference can reserve a room regardless of paper acceptance. These rooms are not paid by us and students will need to pay themselves.

We can accommodate 26 people in 10 double/twin rooms and 6 individual rooms from 1st to 6th September. These rooms cost €52 per night per person, including breakfast. Contact the DP chair to make a reservation. Girona is expected to have a large number of visitors during the peak summer period, so please organise your accommodation as soon as possible.

Financial Support

Our sponsors have kindly contributed financial support to cover conference registration, accommodation and dinner costs for a limited number of students. Financial support is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the young researcher

To apply, provide a summary of the request (max 0.5 page) and a letter of recommendation from the student's main advisor (max 1 page). Submit these by email to the DP Chair. Please also indicate whether the student has benefitted from similar financial support in the past.


The following activities will take place at the DP.

Peer Review Training

Every participant is required to review 1-2 DP papers. The aim is to develop an ability to draw on an individual’s expertise to critique scientific work.

Peer Review Case Study

After paper acceptance, students may volunteer their paper and reviews for a case study in a workshop format. The group will discuss the criticisms of the paper and write a succinct rebuttal in an informal environment.


A mentoring session is under planning. During the Doctoral Program, each participant may be paired with a mentor from the community, who is either a professor or a post-doctoral researcher. The mentor will attend the student's presentation and view their poster, providing constructive feedback. This activity is intended to provide individualised advice to students from someone outside their immediate institution.

Presentations and Poster Session

Every student is expected to deliver a short presentation of their work, followed by a question and answer session. In the case where a student's paper has been accepted in the conference, they will deliver a brief lightning talk aimed at motivating the audience to attend their full presentation.

All students should also aim to bring a poster in A0 format, which will be presented during the coffee breaks of the conference. The primary objective of the poster session is to encourage discussion and international collaboration with unfamiliar researchers.

Invited Talks

Recent and past graduates of the CP community will reflect on their time in academia and industry. These talks aim to motivate students in diverse areas of constraint programming and to provide an opportunity to seek guidance about different career pathways.

Social Dinner

A free dinner is organised in the evening of the DP at La Taverna del Foment. The dinner will be open to all students and invited speakers of the DP.

Diversity and Inclusion

The participants of the DP are encouraged to participate in the diversity and inclusion surveys organised by the conference.

Important Dates (Subject to Change)

  • Submissions open: 20/06
  • Deadline for submissions and financial support requests: 30/06
  • Deadline for student reviews: 12/07
  • Outcome notification: 15/07
  • Camera ready paper: 16/08
  • DP event: 02/09

DP Chair

Edward Lam.