12th Phd Seminar

Announcement and Call for Papers

12th PhD Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society
Passau, Germany
2 – 3 August 2017

Meet the Experts!
The International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of academics and other professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors. Its network of researchers comprises outstanding scholars in the field of telecommunications research that are well known from the literature (see www.itsworld.org).

In order to share the valuable expertise represented by specialised academics and industry experts with younger researchers, the ITS has decided to organise a PhD seminar.

Not more than 12 students will be selected from the responses to this call. In accordance with the topics presented by the winning candidates, experts from the ITS network will be chosen to discuss new ideas brought forward by PhD students. The focus will be on the discussion of ideas presented by the participants, and less on the mere presentation of papers. Papers presented at the seminar will be advised for refereed submission in Telecommunications Policy.

Please note that in order to be most effective, the discussion will be based on full (draft) papers. Only in exceptional cases extended abstracts (min. 8 pages) will be accepted for submission.
The seminar will be linked with the European Regional Conference of the ITS to be held at the same location before the PhD seminar. Access to this conference will be free of charge for the participants of the PhD seminar (see www.itseurope.org ).
The seminar will be organised by ITS and Chalmers University of Technology. It will be held in Passau, Germany.

Successful participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society. The Ph.D. seminar is eligible for 5 ECTS credits, after approval of a revised paper, and successful participation in the seminar.

Participation is free of charge. PhD students whose paper has been selected for presentation will receive a subsidy of 500€ to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

Participants of the PhD seminar can also submit their papers to the main conference and participate in the competition for the best student paper award. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission for the conference is 30 March 2017.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted for presentation and discussion related to the following topics:

Regulation of telecommunication markets

  • Regulatory diversity
  • Regulatory response to market dynamics
  • Updating theoretical insights for better regulation
  • Market definition in a world of internet driven value chains
  • Regulating mobile services: justification, necessity, solutions

Challenges of convergence of telecommunication systems and content supply

  • Supply chain configurations: the roles of telcos, content providers and intermediaries
  • Regulatory problems of converging markets
  • Internet Governance

Development of telecommunication markets

  • Market drivers: Technology, regulation, services or users
  • Innovation drivers and innovation incentives
  • Mobile markets

Telecommunications and Society

  • Who owns user generated data?
  • Digital divide (socially as well as geographically)
  • Access to content
  • Internet governance, security and extremism

Social Media and Internet

  • Social media trends: business models or community building
  • Empirical Evidence
  • Cloud Computing: opportunities and risks

This list is not exclusive. Other topics in the field of telecommunications are also welcome.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please send a (non-binding) expression of interest to Erik Bohlin and Brigitte Preissl as soon as possible.

Please send your full paper (or extended abstract) together with a CV to

Erik Bohlin at erik.bohlin@chalmers.se and to
Brigitte Preissl at b.preissl@zbw.eu

within the deadline given below.

Important dates

Deadline for the submission of papers: 12 May 2017

Response by: 26 May 2017

Final paper to be submitted by: 1 July 2017