Graduate Symposium

The goal of the Diagrams 2018 Graduate Symposium is twofold. Firstly, the Symposium will provide senior graduate students and recent Masters and Doctoral graduates with the opportunity to present their research. Established researchers will provide feedback and comments on each of the presentations. Secondly, the Symposium will provide students with an opportunity to network with each other as future colleagues.

In previous Diagrams Graduate Symposiums, lively and useful discussions have enabled students to receive suggestions about their on-going research and allowed more experienced participants to hear some fresh ideas and view some of the new trends in the field.

Participants will be selected for the Graduate Symposium based on the submission of a 3-page report describing their research (see the Submission section). Submissions will be peer reviewed. Summaries of accepted submissions will be available online on the conference website (as an example, see Diagrams 2016 Graduate Symposium proceedings:


Submissions that focus on any aspect of diagrams research are welcome. Topics of interest are the same as those given in the calls for papers for the three conference tracks:

Students who wish to present their work at the symposium must submit a 3-page report describing

  • the thesis topic,
  • the approach being taken,
  • the work that has been completed,
  • the expected contributions of the research, and
  • aspects of the work on which advice is desired.

The report must be submitted in Springer LNCS format via the EasyChair system by

31st January 2018

The submission should be prepared following the LNCS style guidelines,,  and each student can only submit one report.

Participation Expectations

Graduate students whose Graduate Symposium submission is accepted are expected to participate in the Graduate Symposium as follows.

Students who are not giving a presentation of a long or short paper, or an abstract, in the main conference will be expected to give a presentation at the Symposium and present a poster in the main conference.

Students who are presenting a long or short paper, or an abstract, in the main conference, including either of the special tracks, will be expected to attend the Symposium and present a poster in the main conference.

Students who are presenting a poster at the main conference, including either of the special tracks, will be expected to give a presentation at the Symposium. They do not need to prepare an additional poster for the main conference.

All students who receive student funding from Diagrams 2018 will be required to attend the Graduate Symposium.

Supervisor Support

Students who submit to the graduate symposium must ask their main or lead supervisor to submit a short supporting statement, by email to Andrew Blake, a.l.blake ‘at’ The supporting statement should confirm that the supervisor supports the student’s participation in the symposium and briefly explain why the student will benefit.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their supervisor submits the supporting statement.

Financial Support – US-based students

We are pleased to announce that the conference team have secured NSF funding to support student attendance.


Participants are eligible to apply for financial support if they are currently registered as a student at a US education institution, are giving an oral presentation in either the main technical program of the conference or at the Graduate Symposium, and meet the participation expectations for funded students given below.

Funding Available

Eligible students are able to apply for support for:

  • Early Bird Student Registration up to the value of $350USD.
  • Assistance with airfare, accommodation and food up to $1650USD.

Participation Expecations for Funded Students

All students who receive financial support from the conference are required to attend the full week of conference activities including Monday’s tutorials and workshops, the main conference on Tuesday to Thursday and Friday’s Graduate Symposium.

How to Apply for Funding

If you are eligible and wish to apply for financial support, please email Richard Burn at, in the first instance.

Deadline for Applications

1st April 2018

Important Dates

For all submissions to the Graduate Symposium the following dates apply

Submission deadline: 31st January 2018
Supervisor supporting statement: 7th February 2018
Notification of acceptance: 28th February 2018
Camera ready deadline: 21st March 2018
Financial support (eligible students only): 1st April 2018