Call for Doctoral Program Papers

The Doctoral Program (DP) of the CP conference is open to all research students (including past participants) conducting research on constraint programming and related topics. The aim is to gather student researchers, discuss ongoing work in a relaxed atmosphere, and provide an opportunity for students to interact with experienced researchers.

The program is a full-day event. It includes short presentations of student papers, discussion with senior researchers and networking activities for researchers in similar areas. If a physical conference is going ahead, the day will close with a dinner.

For physical participation, students may apply for financial support, which covers the conference registration, reduced cost shared accommodation and the dinner. Informations will follow.

Important dates

  • Paper submission: May 10, 2022
  • Financial support request deadline: May 20, 2022
  • Reviews deadline: May 20, 2022
  • Notification: June 1, 2022
  • Camera-ready copy due: July 1, 2022
  • Doctoral program: August 1
Dates are intended as anywhere on Earth

Paper Submission

To participate, students must submit a short paper. The paper must contain work that is primarily of the student. It can be work in progress, completed work or recently published work.

Students with a paper accepted to the main conference may submit a two-page extended abstract. Otherwise, students must submit one of:

  • An ongoing or completed research paper. The paper should include the motivation of the work and provide technical details.
  • A summary of their research/PhD topic.

Submissions must be eight or fewer pages, and may contain up to one additional page of references (up to nine pages in total). Shorter papers are welcome.

The submission format is the same as for the main conference (LIPIcs). The author list must clearly specify the main student author along with advisors and co-authors.

Submissions are required to be in PDF format. The paper is submitted through EasyChair.

Papers accepted to the doctoral program will be made available online, but are not published in formal printed proceedings. Therefore they may be reused or extended for other conferences and journals in the future.

Financial Support

Financial support for attending a physical conference will be available. The financial support covers the registration fees an housing during the conference.

We will allocate this funding based on students’ needs, so please email the DP chair outlining your request for funding, and whether you have received funding for attending a Doctoral Program before. The request must be accompanied by a letter from the student’s supervisor confirming that the financial assistance is necessary for the student to participate in the DP.

Content of the Doctoral Program

(The content may be subject to variation in the unfortunate case where the conference couldn't be held in person)

Review Training

Each participant will be assigned to review one of the submitted papers to the DP. The aim is to develop reviewing skills by reviewing the work of others and receiving feedback from other researchers. The explicit goal is to foster a positive review culture, as this is often overlooked in the computer science community.


Each participant will be assigned a mentor from the community. The mentor will be a professor or a post-doc in the community also attending the conference. We expect the mentor to attend the mentee's presentation, see their poster and gives feedback on it. The explicit goal is to stimulate networking opportunities for the Ph.D. students.

Presentation and poster

Each student will present their work in a 15-minute presentation, followed by 5 min of questions. If you submitted an abstract of a paper accepted at CP, the presentation will be a short 3 minute lighting talk, meant to motivate the audience to come see your full presentation. The students are also required to prepare a poster (format A0). Poster sessions will be held during the coffee breaks the first day. The goal is to motivate the research and advertise their work to future colleagues.

Invited Talks

Two mid-career or senior researchers will reflect on their time in academia and industry. Students will have an opportunity to ask for advice about their own career path.

Social Dinner

If the conference is held in person, a free dinner will be organized on the evening of the doctoral program. The dinner will be open to all students of the doctoral program, the doctoral program invited speakers and chairs.

Other Information

Questions about the paper submission process may be addressed to the Doctoral Program Chair Hélène Verhaeghe (