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European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)

The Annual BCS-IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval is a forum for early-career 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 2024

The European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) is European's premier conference on Information Retrieval, and is overseen by the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS-IRSG).

ECIR originates from the BCS-IRSG Colloquium for Information Retrieval, which first ran in 1979. This became a successful annual conference for young researchers in Information Retrieval, and then developed into a European conference to reflect the increased popularity, importance and international reach of the event. Since 2018 ECIR has been ranked as a CORE A conference ( ).

The BCS-IRSG Committee (referred to here as IRSG) is interested to hear from bidders who wish to organize the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2024) in a European country. This will be the 46th edition of the conference.

ECIR 2021 was held in Lucca, Italy. ECIR 2020 was held as an online conference based in Lisbon, Portugal. Other recent ECIR events had been held in Cologne, Germany, 2019; Grenoble, France, 2018; Aberdeen, UK, 2017; Padua, Italy, 2016, Vienna, Austria, 2015; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014; Moscow, Russia, 2013; and Barcelona, Spain, 2012. Interested parties should submit their proposal by email to the IRSG Chair, Udo Kruschwitz ( with a copy to the IRSG Secretary Steven Zimmerman (

Bidding guidelines

Deadline for ECIR 2024 proposal: Midnight UTC Friday 27th August 2021.

ECIR/IRJ Agreement

The Information Retrieval Journal (IRJ) and the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) have entered into a partnership to provide additional publication and presentation opportunities to authors and mutual benefits for the two venues. The Editors of IRJ and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group on behalf of ECIR agree to the partnership on the following terms: The full agreement