Call for Applications - ISWS 2019 - The International Semantic Web Research Summer School 2019

2nd call for applications to attend ISWS 2019 - The International Semantic Web Research Summer School

Bertinoro, near Bologna, Italy.
June 30th - July 7th July, 2019,, Twitter: @isws_semweb

Applications to attend ISWS 2019 are open, and will close on 4th April 2019. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to a maximum of 60 participants.

To apply, please follow the process described at the “Apply” menu on

F.A.I.R. Knowledge Graphs, Machine Learning, Linked Data, Ontology Engineering with Ontology Design Patterns, Blockchain, Frame Semantics, Crowdsourcing, Data mining, Querying & Reasoning, Knowledge graph learning and production, Natural Language Processing, Empirical analyses on the Semantic Web, Distributed, Decentralised Semantic Web.

Valentina Presutti (Director),
Harald Sack (Director),

Frank van Harmelen (VU Amsterdam, NL)
Lora Aroyo (Google Search NYC, US)
Chris Welty (Google Research NYC, US)

Irene Celino (Cefriel, Italy)
Claudia d’Amato (University of Bari, Italy)
John Domingue (KMI Open University, UK)
Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University, NL)
Marieke van Erp (KNAW Humanities Cluster, Netherlands)
Aldo Gangemi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Heiko Paulheim (University of Mannheim, DE)
Axel Polleres (Vienna University of Economics and Business, AT)
Sebastian Rudolph (University of Dresden, Germany)

The International Semantic Web Research School (ISWS) is a full immersion, super intensive one-week experience including lectures and keynotes from outstanding speakers, a “learning by doing” teamwork program on open research problems, under the guidance of the best scientists in the field, with whom you will co-author a white paper of high potential impact. ISWS means networking and becoming friends with your peers as well as senior scientists, and have lots of fun with them. At ISWS we shape the future generation of semantic web researchers with creativity, methodology, fun and rigour.

ISWS provides a perfect experience for young scientists and researchers, working in both academia and industry, who want to learn about cutting edge technologies and novel research achievements at the crossing point between Artificial Intelligence and the Semantic Web domain. The school inherits the successful pedagogic principles and the lessons learned from previous experiences and is a prominent reference school for the best young researchers, PhD, and master students of the Semantic Web community.

ISWS takes place in the beautiful location of Bertinoro, a small village near Bologna in Italy and relies on the organisation of its directors Valentina Presutti from CNR and Harald Sack from FIZ Karlsruhe and KIT. ISWS is focused on research and its program includes lectures, invited talks, poster session, team working, and an exciting social program. All tutors and speakers of the school are renown members of the Semantic Web community and beyond. Students work very hard for a whole week and experience all main activities that a researcher faces during her/his career such as team working, problem and state of the art analysis, development of novel methods, writing of research articles and reports, presenting a research result, and also defending a thesis. ISWS combines the format of a research camp with lectures and keynote talks. To facilitate an early exchange of ideas and mentoring opportunity a poster session will also take place, where attendees will have the chance to present their work and obtain feedback on their research.

The school is an exceptional opportunity for networking: all tutors stay and constantly interact with the students for the whole duration of the school. The result is that participants, typically at an early career stage, thanks to the school, build a rich social and professional network that span from junior to highly known scientists. Although ISWS features lectures and keynotes, most of the time is devoted to work in team with the tutors for developing research. Students form teams and focus on a research problem for which they study a solution under the methodological guidance of highly expert tutors. The program also introduces competition among students, as prizes are awarded at the end of the week.

ISWS is organised so that students have lots of fun during social activities and free time. They leave the school with great memories and satisfaction, and by having met many new good friends.

Participating at ISWS 2019 means to benefit from formal and practical sessions as well as from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants to the school.


We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively, applicants will be early stage PhD students, post graduate students/practitioners, master students and junior post doc researchers in relevant disciplines with some knowledge of semantic and web technologies. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.

The deadline for applications is the April 4th 2019. Please follow the instructions at the “Apply” menu of

Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday, June 30th, between 3pm and 6pm and to participate fully in the activities of the school including social and training activities until its conclusion, at 2pm on Saturday, July 6th (meaning that your return flight cannot be scheduled before 5pm). Applicants should keep in mind that we will not consider applications from students who cannot commit themselves to a full participation for the whole duration of the school. Students are also required to bring and present a poster at the summer school, describing their own research work.

Apart from activities directly related to lectures, the summer school schedule features a rich social programme, which enables informal interaction between all participants to the school - i.e. students, tutors, invited speakers, school staff, etc. These events include a gala dinner, a disco, and sport activities.

A separate call for grant applications will be published, only for those who have already applied. We expect to provide a number of grants for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school. More details about student grants will be published later.

ISWS 2019 will be located at the University Residential Center located in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 50 km east of Bologna at an elevation of 230m above sea level. It can easily be reached by train and taxi from Bologna.

Bertinoro is picturesque, with many narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. Sessions of the summer school will be held in an archiepiscopal castle that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference centre with computing facilities and Internet access.  From the castle you can enjoy a beautiful vista that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.

More information about the location are available at the “Venue” page on

The summer school fee is 970€ and includes school material, accommodation, meals (including the gala dinner), excursion and other social activities. It does not include traveling costs. Two shuttles (at fixed times) will be organised from Bologna airport and bus station to the school.

Received on Friday, 8 March 2019 19:00:43 UTC