From the BCS IRSG Chair

Hard to believe, but there is more to life than ECIR.

Welcome back to a new issue of Informer! There is quite a lot happening in our community as you can see when browsing the contents. So let me try to be brief which gives you more time to study the other articles …

ECIR is over, ECIR is coming up … the usual cycle. The good news is that we received a fair number of strong bids to host ECIR 2025, and we will soon let you know who will host the conference, and I am sure there will be some great teaser in the closing session in Glasgow at ECIR 2024.

Speaking of ECIR, the big news is that we managed to maintain our A class label  in the CORE Conference Ranking. Just to give you the perspective: this puts us on par with CIKM, WSDM and EACL among other top conferences. At this point I would like to thank our committee member Sean, who managed the entire application process as we had been informed that a reclassification was due. Note that Sean only joined the committee less than a year ago and what an impact that has made for the community! Cheers again!

Well on that note, it’s time to point out that elections are coming up again. Want to put your hat in the ring? Well, details of what positions are up for election can be found in the announcement our Secretary has put out (Secretary? Up for election … just like many other vacancies!). I hope to see your name as the sender of an email (by the closing date) indicating that you are willing to serve for two years on the committee … and if all goes well, we can celebrate your election success at our AGM in November.

So much more to read in this issue, CIKM, Search Solutions etc. … so I better stop.




About Udo Kruschwitz
Udo Kruschwitz

Udo Kruschwitz is a Professor of Information Science at the University of Regensburg and a long-standing member of the IRSG committee (currently serving as Chair). His main interests are in information retrieval and natural language engineering. He enjoys being involved in organising events such as Search Solutions in London and ECIR Industry Day (e.g. at ECIR 2019 in Cologne) which aim at bringing together academia and industry. He is also the host of the Data Science @ Regensburg Meetup.

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