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European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)

The Annual BCS-IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval is a forum for young researchers in the area of Information Retrieval with a vision to: provide a supportive forum for which their research can be presented, discussed and debated; provide feedback from seasoned Information Retrieval researchers; and facilitate a large student audience as well as established researchers by ensuring that the costs are minimal.

Call for Bids: ECIR 2017

The BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) has been running a successful annual conference for young researchers in Information Retrieval since 1979. Originally the event was started as a BCS-IRSG Colloquium for Information Retrieval, but now has developed into a well establsihed European conference to reflect the increased popularity and importance of the event.
The BCS-IRSG Committee is interested in hearing from bidders for organizing ECIR 2017 in any European country. ECIR 2016 is to be held in Padua, Italy. Recent ECIR events have been held in Vienna, Austria (2015), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014) Moscow, Russia (2013), Barcelona, Spain (2012), Dublin, Ireland (2011), and Milton Keynes, UK (2010).

Detailed guidelines can be found at (and a costings template at

Interested parties should submit their proposal by email to the IRSG Secretary (, and a copy to

Deadline for ECIR 2017 proposals: Midnight UTC Friday 14th August 2015.

ECIR reviewing guidelines

At a recent committee meeting (Dec 2010), we considered the reviewing process for papers, posters, workshops and tutorials. The reviewing process is set out in the call for Bids. The committee confirmed that these requirements ensure that a proper scientific review process is maintained - as demonstrated by the success of ECIR. Groups or individuals interested in bidding for ECIR in future should contact the chair of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) for more information or advice.