Call for Workshops

Workshop Proposals

We are happy to invite you to submit proposals for one-day or half-day workshops to be held on the 9th of April 2017 at 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR.

ECIR workshops provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the main conference. We therefore expect that the workshops offer a common forum to engage and encourage researchers, especially PhD students and early career researchers, to present and discuss their work, and obtain valuable feedback in an interactive, supportive and friendly environment.

The format of each workshop is to be determined by the workshop organisers. Workshops are encouraged to be as dynamic and interactive as possible and should lead to a concrete outcome, such as the publication of a summary paper and/or workshop proceedings.

Researchers and practitioners from all areas of the information retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for review. The organisers of approved workshops are expected to define the focus of the workshop, gather and review submissions, and decide upon its content. The organisers are also responsible for selecting the channels for publishing the workshop proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be a maximum of 6 pages in length and contain the following information:

  1. Title and abstract of the workshop;
  2. Background, motivation, and relevance to ECIR;
  3. Workshop goals/objectives coupled with desired outcomes;
  4. Format/structure of the workshop (planned activities and a tentative schedule of events);
  5. Intended audience, the selection process for participants, whether it will be a full day or half day workshop, and what resources are required;
  6. If the workshop is related to or follows on from another workshop (if the workshop has been held previously at ECIR or another conference, then the organisers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed);
  7. Short biographies of the organisers;
  8. Any other relevant information to support your proposal (e.g programme committee, list of invited speakers, overall vision/approach etc.).

Submission Instructions

Workshop proposals must be written in English. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email to the workshop chairs.

Deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 9th  September 2016.

Organisers of accepted workshops will be invited to submit a brief description of the workshop for inclusion in the ECIR 2017 conference proceedings.

Workshop Chairs

  • Pia Borlund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (email:
  • Jaana Kekäläinen, University of Tampere, Finland (email:

Programme Committee

  • Ralf Bierig, National College of Ireland, Ireland
  • Toine Bogers, University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Laura Dietz, University of New Hampshire, USA
  • Shiri Dori-Hacohen, University of Massachusetts, USA
  • David Elsweiler, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • Hugo C. Huurdeman, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Heikki Keskustalo, University of Tampere, Finland