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FOIS 2024 : 14th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2024)


Conference Series : Formal Ontology in Information Systems
When Jul 15, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024
Where Enschede, Netherlands and online
Submission Deadline Feb 26, 2024
Categories    formal ontology   applied ontologies   computer science   information systems

Call For Papers


14th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2024)
15-19 July 2024 (Enschede, Netherlands) - 08-09 July 2024 (online)


The FOIS conference is a meeting point for all researchers interested in formal ontology. Formal ontology is the systematic study of the types of entities and relations comprising the domains of interest represented in modern information systems. The conference encourages the submission of high-quality, not previously published results on both theoretical issues and practical advancements. FOIS 2024 will have distinct tracks for foundational issues, ontology applications and methods, and domain ontologies.

FOIS 2024 will be held both online and in Enschede, the Netherlands, by the Semantics, Cybersecurity & Services group of the University of Twente.

The conference will include the following tracks:
- Main Papers Track*
- Workshops Track - Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO)*
- Tutorials Track
- Ontology showcase Track
- Demonstrations Track
- Journal-first Track
- Project exhibitions Track

* Calls currently open, details below

Call for Papers

FOIS 2024 seeks three types of full-length (14 pages) high-quality papers on a wide range of topics:

- Foundational papers address content-related ontological issues, their formal representation, and their relevance to some aspect of information systems.
- Application and Methods papers address novel systems, methods, and tools related to building, evaluating, or using ontologies, emphasizing the impact of ontology contents.
- Domain ontology papers describe a novel ontology for a specific realm of interest, clarifying ontological choices against requirements and foundational theory, and showing ontology use.

As usual, the FOIS proceedings will be published by IOS Press.

** Important dates
Paper submission: 26 February 2024 (AoE)
Notifications: 15 April 2024
Virtual conference: 8-9 July 2024
Onsite conference: 15-19 July 2024
Camera-ready papers: 30 July 2024

Call for Workshop Proposals - Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO)
Episode X: The Tukker Zomer of Ontology

The mission of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO) is to join forces of the diverse communities interested in building, reasoning with, and applying formalized ontologies in the wide spectrum of information sciences, artificial intelligence theory and applications, philosophy and cognitive science, and beyond.

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 (

We encourage several forms and lengths 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 the exchange of ideas between groups otherwise mostly disconnected
Workshops that promote hands-on activities related to ontologies and their applications.

** Webpage:

** Important dates
Workshop proposal submission: 14 December, 2024
Workshop acceptance notification: 08 January 2024
Workshop call for papers announcement and publicity: 31 January 2024
Workshop paper submission deadline: 17 April 2024
Workshop author notification: 15 May 2024
Camera-ready submission (post-conference proceedings): 30 June 2024
Workshop day: between 15-19 July 2024 (co-located with FOIS 2024)

Call for Tutorials

To be announced

Call for Ontology showcase

To be announced

Call for Demonstrations

To be announced

Call for Journal-first

To be announced

Call for Project exhibitions

To be announced


General Chairs
Giancarlo Guizzardi; University of Twente; The Netherlands

Program Committee Chairs
Cassia Trojahn, IRIT Université Toulouse 2, France
Daniele Porello, University of Genova, Italy

Local Organisation Chair
Tiago Prince Sales, University of Twente, The Netherlands

JOWO Chairs
Claudenir M. Fonseca, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Guendalina Righetti, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Online Chairs
Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, UK

FAIR Chairs
Luiz Olavo Bonino, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Journal-first Chairs
Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Adrien Barton, IRIT & CNRS, France

Ontology Showcase Chairs
Laura Daniele, TNO, The Netherlands
João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Demonstration Chairs
Pawel Garbacz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Project Exhibition Chair
Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Paul Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden

Industry Chairs
Jan Voskuil, Taxonic, The Netherlands
Mara Abel, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Tutorial Chairs
Chiara Ghidini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Veruska Zamborlini, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Early Career Symposium Chairs
Zubeida Dawood, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Pedro Paulo F. Barcelos, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Publicity Chairs
Mattia Fumagalli, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Greta Adamo, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain

Proceedings Chairs
Pedro Paulo F. Barcelos, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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