Call for Shadow PC Participation

Eurosys is organizing a shadow program committee for the EuroSys 2020 conference under the sponsorship of EuroSys. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to the Shadow PC co-chairs:

  • Etienne Rivière (UCLouvain, Belgium)
  • Ivan Beschastnikh (University of British Columbia, Canada)

at before October 30, 2019.

Please include a short paragraph describing your current research, areas of expertise, and a list of up to three relevant publications: this will help us with selecting candidates and assigning papers for review. Please indicate whether you plan to attend the Shadow PC physical meeting in February (more about this below). Please also get in touch if you have any questions.

Why join a shadow PC?

Serving on a shadow PC is an excellent opportunity for young systems researchers (PhD students, postdocs, and new faculty members) to gain experience in community service, i.e., program committee practices.

Serving as a member of a shadow PC is a lot of work. But, besides the recognition of being selected, it is also worthwhile for a number of reasons, including:

  • Getting to know how an academic PC is run and how it operates;
  • Top reviewers will be recognized at the EuroSys 2020 conference;
  • Seeing how more experienced reviewers judge the same papers that you review;
  • Getting to see both strong and weak papers at the submission stage;
  • Discovering what it takes to publish a paper in a highly selective conference, such as EuroSys;
  • Having a chance to read top-notch papers in your area of expertise before they are published;
  • Discussing the papers with one or more EuroSys PC members who will attend the shadow meeting;
  • Getting to know other young researchers who are also selected to the shadow PC.

How does the shadow PC work?

Shadow PC members must commit themselves to writing their own detailed and rigorous reviews for papers assigned to them by the allotted deadlines. This timely review commitment is essential to the good functioning of the Shadow PC. Candidates who might be unable to fulfill their reviewing duties should refrain from applying.

We expect a review load of 10-15 papers per member in two review rounds. Shadow PC members, especially those based in Europe, are also expected to attend a one-day shadow PC meeting in person (see details below). Members will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation for this meeting, though financial support (subject to availability) may be offered.

The EuroSys shadow PC will follow roughly the same timeline as the main PC ( We plan to have the shadow PC meeting close in time to the main PC meeting (foreseen in the week of February 10, 2020).

Important Dates

  • October 30, 2019: Deadline to apply for shadow PC
  • November 4th, 2019: Paper submission
  • December 13th, 2019: 1st round of reviews due (tentative)
  • December 14-20th, 2019: Online discussions
  • January 24, 2020: 2nd round of reviews due (tentative)
  • January 25-February 9, 2020: Online discussions
  • Week of February 10, 2020: shadow PC meeting in Brussels, Belgium
  • April 27-30, 2020: Conference

All deadline times are Anywhere on Earth.