Call for proposals for IRSG one-day events in 2023

The Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) of the BCS invites proposals for the organisation of one day events supported by BCS. Proposals will be evaluated based on the organisational and financial plans and benefits to the Information Retrieval community.

Important dates

* Submission deadline for this round: 19-May-2023

* Notification: 02-Jun-2023

Submission guidelines

Topics should be related to the theory and practice of information retrieval and interaction, such as:

* Topical issues in IR practice, e.g. trust, bias, and fairness

* Interdisciplinary topics, e.g IR and information science, data science, or user experience

* The use (and abuse) of large language models and other AI techniques

* Domain-specific or professional issues, e.g. in eCommerce, media, recruitment, library and information science, healthcare information, etc.

* Innovative approaches used in operational IR systems and products

Proposals should be submitted as a  PDF file via email to the IRSG Vice Chair and Chair ( and with “BCS One Day Event Proposal” in the email subject.

This is also the address to use if you have any queries or comments,,

The template for the proposal is set out below

  1. Title of the event
  2. Chairs and organisers
  3. Contact information
  4. A description of the event topic and its goals
  5. A statement on how the event complements or relates to other IR events
  6. Proposed venue
  7. Desired format, including preferred dates and duration, onsite or hybrid
  8. Outline of the program (including talks, breaks, and any social events)
  9.  Potential (or accepted) speakers
  10. Publicity plans
  11. Funding plans and preliminary budget

Organisers of accepted events are expected to announce the event and call for speakers, solicit speakers, compose the program, and organise the event. Evaluation criteria include topic significance and timeliness, scientific quality, proposed organisation, level of interest, and synergy with other events. Accepted events will be supported up to £1,000 and are expected to have a credible financial plan and budget. We anticipate holding further funding rounds in due course.






About Tony Russell-Rose
Tony Russell-Rose

Tony Russell-Rose is founder of 2Dsearch (, a start-up applying artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualisation to create the next generation of professional search tools. He is also director of UXLabs, a research and design studio specialising in complex search and information access applications. He has served as vice-chair of the BCS Information Retrieval group and chair of the CIEHF Human-Computer Interaction group. Previously Tony has led R&D teams at Canon, Reuters, Oracle, HP Labs and BT Labs. He is author of "Designing the Search Experience" (Elsevier, 2013) and publishes widely on IR, HCI and NLP.

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