Doctoral Consortium

Call for Doctoral Consortium Papers


The 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2017) will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland from 8 - 13 April 2017. ECIR is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval (IR). The ECIR 2017 Doctoral Consortium is an excellent forum for PhD students to discuss their research ideas with world-class researchers in the area of information retrieval. A selected submission will be given“best doctoral consortium paper award”, which will be decided by the doctoral consortium committee.

The consortium will take place the day before the conference (Saturday 8 April 2017), with the following procedure: student presentations followed up by discussions, individual meetings with established information retrieval researchers, and great opportunities for networking over lunch and later on during the day. Other possible activities may be introduced according to the topics of the accepted submissions.

Students who have recently completed their research proposal, or about to do so are welcome to submit their contribution to the consortium. The greatest benefit will be achieved for those students that have recently scoped their PhD topic in the information retrieval area. Selection will be based on the potential impact of the research proposal by the student on the information retrieval field.

The submitted paper will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Consortium.

To get the most out of the discussion, it should include:

   * Motivation for the proposed research.
   * Background and related work (including key references).
   * Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
   * Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
   * Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium.

Format Requirements

All submissions must be written in English following the ECIR guidelines ( and the LNCS author guidelines ( and submitted electronically through email to both consortium chairs. The paper should be no more than 8 pages in length including all figures and references. The first page must contain the title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details and an abstract of up to 250 words.

Important Dates

Deadline: 1st November 2016
Notification: 16th December 2016
Doctoral Consortium: 8th April 2017

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Emine Yilmaz (