Since 2000, l'Association Francophone de l'Interaction Humain-Machine (AFIHM) organizes every two years the Rencontres des Jeunes Chercheuses et Jeunes Chercheurs (RJC) in Human Computer Interaction. This event follows a series of successful doctoral meetups that trained dozens of future professional HCI researchers and practitioners in a convivial and motivating environment where they live and work together for a few days. You can have a look at the previous RJC editions.

In 2019, the RJC were for the first time jointly organized with SIGCHI Italy. In 2022, we are glad to continue this common effort between AFIHM and SIGCHI Italy, and announce the 2nd bienniAl Franco-Italian young Researcher Meetup in Computer-Human Interaction (AFIRM CHI).

Once again, the AFIRM CHI will be a Franco-Italian event opened to both french-speaking and italian-speaking young researchers. The event will be held in English, and for the first time, in Italy, in the beautiful city of Padova!

The Meetup addresses PhD students, and, on a limited basis, Master students in HCI from Italian and French universities. It aims at improving participants' ability to effectively present their HCI projects to scholars, stakeholders and funding agencies. All activities are in English.

The event starts with preparatory work done remotely to set the challenges and the needed resources, and then continues physically at the summer school's site. The program alternates workshops, teamwork and presentations on the following topics:

  • how to quickly outline a project idea as a team;
  • how to create professionally-looking illustrations for presentations and papers;
  • what to emphasize in a grant application and pitch;
  • how to meet reviewer’s and funder’s expectations.

The activities will focus on a case study, the distributed UNESCO touristic site known as « Padova Urbs Picta », and include a visit to the site itself.

To help us bring this program to life, we are glad to welcome the following speakers: Wendy Mackay (Inria), Sylvain Malacria (Inria), Jacopo Sacquegno (Visualteams), Elisa di Rosa (Università degli studi di Padova), and other speakers.

Important Dates
  • June 20th: Application deadline
  • July 20th: Application deadline
  • June 30th: Acceptance notification
  • Between June 30th and July 31st: Acceptance notification
  • August 22nd - August 26th: AFIRM CHI 2022

Practical Information

  • When? August 22nd to August 26th, 2022. Prior to the event an online meeting will be held. The date and information for the meeting will be directly sent by emails to the registered participant.
  • Where? Residenza Job Campus (Via Giambattista Belzoni, 146, 35121 Padova PD, Italy).
  • For who? Our target audience is Master and PhD students in Human-Computer Interaction In which language? English.
  • How much? 172€ (it includes the registration to the event, breakfasts, lunches and dinners listed on the program, and accomodation).
  • How many? We can accomodate 30 participants in total, 15 for Italian students and 15 for French students.

How to reach Padova

By plane: the closest airports to Padova are Venice "Marco Polo" (VCE) and Treviso "A. Canova" (TSF). From/to both airports you can reach Padova using (ordered by cost):

By train: the train station is simply 'Padova' and is located in the city centre. You can then walk to the event premise or get a taxi to go there. The taxi stand is outside the train station; if there is no car at the stand, you can call the Radio Taxi Service (+39 049 651333).

By car: you can use the Italian toll highway network; the name of the segment reaching Padova is A4. The closest exit to the premise is "Padova Est", but you will probably use a navigator so you will know better.

Please consider that none of the services and facilities above is connected in any way to the organization of the school. All your transactions are direct with them.

Important Information

Before travelling to Italy, please check the rules currently enforced regarding the COVID situation.

More information on the official Italian website.

Application process

If you want to participate, you will need to apply by filling up the following form before June 20th July 20th.

To apply, we ask you to submit a one-page article (pdf in a two columns format, following the ACM “sigconf” publication template) which includes: the title of your Master or PhD thesis, a summary of your thesis, and a short motivation on why participating in the meetup would be beneficial. The submission of the article will directly

The order of application and the one-page article will be used to select between students if we receive a large number of registrations. There are 30 places in total, 15 for Italian students and 15 for French students.

Students will be notified by email on their application status between June 30th and July 31st at the latest.

Registrations will be handled at a later date (but prior to July 15th), once the selection process is done.

Application process Info
First round of applications is done since June 20th. Applications are under review and feedback will soon be sent out.
Spots are still available: new applications can be submitted until July 20th. Feedback will be provided on a rolling basis.


Virtual meeting (2h)
Friday, August 19th
Preparing AFIRM CHI 2022
Case Study (CS) presentation
Monday, August 22ndTuesday, August 23rdWednesday, August 24thThursday, August 25thFriday, August 26th
9am – 9:30amHow to do a presentationHow to do a figureCS: Pitch finalisationClosing &
Follow-up session on
Learnt Achievements
9:30am – 10am
10am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11amBreak
11am – 11:30amBreakBreakTestimony
11:30am – 12pmCS: TeamworkHow to do a figureCS: Pitch finalisation
12pm – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1pmLunchLunch
Career talks
Career talks
1pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 2pmWelcome session
2pm – 2:30pmVisual Thinking
(Group ideation)
CS: TeamworkCS: Figure
& Illustration for
the Pitch presentation
Convincing Funding Agencies
2:30pm – 3pm
3pm – 3:30pmBreak
3:30pm – 4pmBreakCS: Figure
& Illustration for
the Pitch presentation
4pm – 4:30pmCS: Pitch preparationCS: Attracting Funding Agencies
4:30pm – 5pmFirst Pitch iteration presentation
& Feedback
Padova Urbs Picta
5pm – 5:30pmFinal Pitch presentation
5:30pm – 6pm
6pm – 6:30pm2 minutes madnessFree time & DinnerFree time & Dinner
6:30pm – 7pm
7pm – 7:30pmFree time & Dinner