FOIS 2023 – Call For Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Submission deadline: January 15, 2023 (**extended**)
Questions to:

The Workshop and Tutorial Chairs for FOIS 2023 invite proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held on site in conjunction with FOIS 2023 before or after the main conference which will take place July 17-20, 2023 in Sherbrooke, Canada (

Workshops and tutorials at FOIS 2023 are events whose scientific program is independently established by the workshop organizers. They will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions. Workshops can be events that provide a forum for the discussion of topics broadly related to ontologies, formal ontology, and knowledge management and their application in information science or other areas. Together, the workshops can address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics. They are especially suitable for interdisciplinary and innovative formats.

Previous JOWO (Joint Ontology Workshops)/FOIS workshops were held in 2021 in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (hybrid); 2020 (virtually); 2019 in Graz, Austria; 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa; 2017 in Bolzano, Italy; 2016 in Annecy, France; and at IJCAI 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As in earlier years, all contributions to accepted workshops will be published open access in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, as part of the new IAOA series (
Researchers and practitioners interested in the theory, practice, development and/or application of ontologies and related areas are invited to submit workshop proposals for review.

We encourage several forms and length of workshops (the list is non-exhaustive):
●    workshops that focus on an established research area, including continuations of workshops that were held in the past;
●    workshops that focus on emerging topics and applications, or on open research questions and challenges;
●    workshops that aim to create cross-disciplinary research fostering exchange of ideas between groups otherwise mostly disconnected.

Submission instructions

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than 2 pages in length, and must contain the following information:
●    title of the workshop/tutorial;
●    names of the workshop/tutorial organizers. Please indicate a primary contact person. For organizational purposes, there must be at least two organizers who commit to be physically present during the event taking part in Canada;
●    brief description of experience in workshop/tutorial organization;
●    description of the workshop/tutorial topic;
●    brief description of the expected audience (please give an estimate of the expected number of participants and their background and interests; if applicable, please relate this to participation in similar prior events);
●    intended duration of the workshop (between half a day and a full day);
●    timeline for the workshop (submission dates, notification dates), taking into account the proposed “important dates” below.

Workshop and tutorial proposals should be sent to by January 15, 2023.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions of workshop proposals will be evaluated by the workshop chairs using the following criteria:
●    Scientific relevance and utility to attendees;
●    Quality of the proposal;
●    Likelihood of success of the workshop;
●    Overlap and complementarity with other workshops.

Important dates
●    Workshop proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2023 (extended)
●    Workshop acceptance notification: January 26, 2023
●    First call for papers to be distributed by workshop organizers: February 28, 2023
●    Submission deadline: Around April 24, 2023
●    Notification to authors: Around May 24, 2023
●    Camera-ready versions of all papers received (TBD): Beginning of June, 2023
●    Workshops and tutorials take place on site in conjunction with FOIS 2023 in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada (July 17-20, 2023): TBD

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs
Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto, Canada
Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Further inquiries
Please direct all further questions to

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