CAIS funds events such as conferences, workshops, seminars and summer schools. This program also enables CAIS fellows and members of working groups to apply for additional funding. Already established series of events cannot be funded.

  • Requirements

    Main applicants responsible for events should be highly accomplished academics or practitioners in the field of internet and digitalization.

    A concept for the communication of event results to the public and for their transfer into practice must be part of the application. In addition to this, organisers of events are expected to participate in the transfer activities organized by CAIS.

    Applications for events should be discussed with the CAIS team before submission. An outline including dates, number of speakers and participants as well as a schedule is to be presented at least 14 days prior to final submission. Applicants should allow for enough leeway between a potential acceptance and the date of the event. Travel bookings, public announcements or calls etc. cannot be made before an official acceptance letter has been issued by CAIS. Applicants need to provide letters of commitment by speakers.
  • Funding

    Funding for events, as a rule, is limited to 10,000 euros. CAIS will provide event locations and catering. CAIS covers accommodation and travel expenses for organisers and speakers in accordance with the state regulations on the reimbursement of travel costs.
  • Application Instructions

    Applications in electronic form (one single PDF) are to be submitted in German or English to The application should not exceed 10 pages (plus CVs, publications and list of speakers).

    Applications should include:

    1. Application form for events
    2. Abstract of event (max. 300 words)
    3. Outline of event
    • subject and lines of research
    • aims and projected results
    • preliminary work
    • concept for transfer into practice
    • schedule

    in the case of academic events

    • theories and methods
    • current state of research
    1. Curricula Vitae of all organisers with no more than five publication references (max. 2 pages)
    2. One relevant publication of each main applicant as a link or an appendix
    3. List of speakers with position, institutional affiliation and contact information
  • Selection Process

    The applications will be assessed by the Center’s program committee on the basis of three reviews per application.

    The evaluation criteria are:

    • professional expertise and qualification
    • relevance and topicality
    • originality and innovative potential
    • aims and academic/practical results
    • interdisciplinarity
    • transfer into practice
    • accordance with the CAIS agenda
    • feasibility of work plan

    in the case of academic projects

    • theories and methods

    in the case of working groups and events

    • professional expertise and qualification of further participants

    On the basis of this assessment and with additional consideration of disciplinary balance, of budget restrictions, workspace and accommodation capacities, the program committee will make its final decisions.

    The voting members of the program committee are the academic director, the program manager, the head of knowledge transfer and public relations, six distinguished scholars from the field of digitalization and internet studies as well as two professionals with practice-based expertise.