The FOIS Early Career Symposium (ECS) will take place on Wednesday, 15 Septembre. It is composed of two virtual sessions. 

ECS Lightning Presentations Session on Zoom: 15:45–16:30 CET

  • In this virtual session, the Early Career Researchers will give a 5-minute presentation of their work.
  • The platform used for presentations is Zoom ( and the one for the Q&A session at the end is Discord (
  • A link to FOIS channels will be circulated before the beginning of the conference.
  • See detailed program for titles of presentations.

ECS Poster Session on Gathertown: 16:30–17:15 CET (during the coffee break)

  • In this virtual session, the Early Career Researchers will present and discuss their posters with FOIS participants.
  • The Gathertown platform ( is a virtual environment that emulates a real-world conference room and allows you to walk around from poster to poster and video chat with people around you. As in a “normal” poster session, you will be able to interact with the authors and other participants, and view the poster at the same time and even download them. We encourage you to download the app or use the online version, and have a look at it if you are not already familiar. 
  • When you connect to the platform you will have to create your avatar, follow a very short tutorial to use the platform, and enter the poster room. 
  • A link to the ECS poster session will be circulated before the beginning of the conference.

We invite all FOIS participants to attend the ECS Presentation Session to discover what the Early Career Researchers are working on and to visit the virtual ECS Poster Session to interact with them and find out more.


FOIS 2021 will host an Early Career Symposium (ECS). This event is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work at one of the leading conferences in formal ontology and to get first-hand feedback and mentorship from senior researchers in their field. Topics of interest include all topics relevant to the interdisciplinary field of ontology as outlined in the topics of interest for FOIS 2021.


The ECS will be held as a hybrid poster event within the main FOIS conference. The poster event will be preceded by a hybrid lightning talks session, during which each participant has the opportunity to advertise his/her work in a 5 minutes speech in front of the general audience of the conference, either in person at the venue or remotely. Each participant will be assigned a senior researcher as mentor, who will provide substantial feedback to his/her work.


The ECS is open to students at the Masters and Doctoral Levels that have not defended their thesis before the ECS Submission deadline.

Candidates must submit a short description of their research project, which should not be longer than 3 pages. Submissions will be reviewed by selected members of the FOIS Program Committee. Final submission is via EasyChair (see submission instructions): After signing in, please select the ‘Early Career Symposium (ECS)’ track.

The submissions should follow the submission template available here: The template is meant to be used as a general reference to organize the description of the submitted research project in different sections with specific contents. Make sure that the final version of your submission is in a single pdf file.

The abstracts (up to 500 words), included in the projects’ descriptions, will be published open access in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, as part of the new IAOA series (

Important dates

  • June 15, 2021: Submission deadline (EXTENDED)
  • July 23, 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • August 23, 2021: Submission of camera-ready version
  • September 15, 2021: ECS at FOIS 2021


The successful authors must register for the main conference. Registration will be free for all students participating remotely.


Selja Seppälä, PhD | Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career-FIT Fellow | University College Cork, Ireland

Pawel Garbacz, PhD | Associate Professor | The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland