What ISWS is ...

ISWS is a full immersion, super intensive one-week experience including lectures and keynotes from outstanding speakers, a “learning by doing” teamwork program on open research problems, under the guidance of the best scientists in the field, with whom you will co-author a white paper of high potential impact. ISWS means networking and becoming friends with your peers as well as senior scientists, and have lots of fun with them. At ISWS we shape the future generation of semantic web researchers with creativity, methodology, fun and rigour.

Important Dates

March 25, 2024

Student Application Deadline

April 4, 2024

Student Notification

May 15, 2024

Registration Deadline

June 9 - 15, 2024

Summer School


Valentina Presutti

Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna and Associate Researcher at ISTC, National Research Council (IT)

Valentina Presutti

Harald Sack

Professor of Information Service Engineering at FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure and AIFB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (GER)

Harald Sack

How to Apply

We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively, applicants will be early stage PhD students, post graduate students/practitioners, master students and junior post doc researchers in relevant disciplines with some knowledge of semantic and web technologies. Basic acquaintance with knowledge representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.
The application for students is open until March 25th, 2024.

Application Page


ISWS 2024 will be located at the University Residential Center located in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 50 km east of Bologna at an elevation of 230 m above sea level. It can easily be reached by train and taxi from Bologna. Bertinoro is picturesque, with many narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. Sessions of the summer school will be held in an archiepiscopal castle that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference centre with computing facilities and Internet access. From the castle you can enjoy a beautiful vista that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.