The 12th International Semantic Web Conference
and the 1st Australasian Semantic Web Conference
21-25 October 2013, Sydney, Australia

ISWC 2013 Mentoring Lunch


In its fifth year, the Mentoring Lunch at the International Semantic Web Conference brings together graduate students and early-career researchers with researchers and faculty for a lively discussion and question-answering session on a variety of topics. If you are a PhD student, a postdoc, or have just started an independent research career and would like to get advice on any of the round-table topics listed below, please join us at the specially designated tables during the lunch break on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 12.40pm at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in room Bayside 201.

The mentors are all volunteers from the speakers, chairs, and other senior participants at the conference.

If you would like to get advice from mentors on some of the topics below, please sign up for lunch using the form below and answer a few quick questions that would help us with the organisation of the lunch. The first 50 people to sign up will be automatically added to the list of attendees, the rest will be put on the waiting list (we are limited by the room capacity and by the number of mentors).

While we are organising only the mentoring lunch, we expect that some of you might want to have a more sustained relationship with the mentors and we invite you to ask the mentors at lunch about such a possibility.


Graduate Students

  • Is grad school right for you? 
  • How to pick the right research area?
  • Publishing. How important is it for your PhD? When is your story ready to be published? Which journals and conferences to try? Who should be involved in writing the paper, and who should be co-authors?
  • How to handle problems with your advisor or colleagues.

Early Career researchers

  • After your Ph.D. – what comes next? Choice between postdoc, faculty position, jobs outside academia.
  • Starting your own lab: where and how (tenured/fellowship/Grant) and other issues.
  • Preparing for tenure/promotion.
  • Raising kids while pursuing an academic career.
  • Publishing. How important is it for your career? When is your story ready to be published? Which journals and conferences to try? Who should be involved in writing the paper, and who should be coauthors?

If you have questions and suggestions, please feel free to send email to


  • Harith Alani, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Lora Aroyo, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Avi Bernstein, University of Zurich
  • Eva Blomquist, Linköping University
  • Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnico de Madrid
  • Marin Dimitrov, Ontotext
  • Fabien Gandon, INRIA
  • Carole Goble, The University of Manchester
  • José Manuel Gomez, ISOCO
  • Marko Grobelnick, Jozef Stefan Institute
  • Jeff Heflin, Lehigh University
  • Jane Hunter, University of Queensland
  • Enrico Motta, The Open University
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University
  • Yves Raymond, BBC
  • Elena Simperl, University of Southampton
  • Rudi Studer, KIT
  • Chris Welty, IBM
  • Maryanne Williams, University of Sydney


  • Raphaël Troncy, Eurecom, France
  • David Ratcliffe, CSIRO, Australia

Please provide a brief description of what you would like to learn at the mentoring lunch. List one to three questions that you would like to ask.

Please list any dietary requirements (eg. vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, etc.)

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