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Two weeks left for the deadline! 

Call for Tutorials and Workshops: ECIR 2012 
34th European Conference on Information Retrieval 
Barcelona, Spain, 1-5 April 2012 

Workshop/tutorial submission: 11 September 2011 

The 34th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2012) will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 1 to 5 April 2012. The conference encourages submission of high-quality research works reporting original and innovative research within information retrieval. Papers solely or mainly authored by a student are especially welcome. Submissions will be reviewed by experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality, and the overall contribution to the field of information retrieval. Conference proceedings will be published by Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer Verlag-Germany. 

Call for Tutorials 

Proposals are invited for tutorials of either a half-day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day (6 hours plus breaks) on all topics of information retrieval and its applications. Each tutorial should cover a single topic in detail on state-of-the-art methods in core information retrieval, related research or novel and emerging applications. The tutorials will take place at the conference venue, specifically in the Ciutadella campus of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) (Ramon Trias Fargas Street, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona) on the 1st of April, 2012. 

A list of recent tutorials can be found in: 
- ECIR 2011 Tutorials: 
- ECIR 2010 Tutorials: 
- ECIR 2009 Tutorials: 

Submissions should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover sheet should specify: 
- the title and length (full day/half day) of the tutorial 
- keywords 
- instructors and their complete contact information 
- a brief biography (max. 2 paragraphs) for each instructor 

The extended abstract should be 3 to 4 pages, and should include: 
- description of the course objectives 
- tutorial history (it should be mentioned if this tutorial or a similar one was held at another venue) 
- the intended audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisite knowledge or skills required, if any 
- its relevance to the information retrieval community 
- an outline of the tutorial content (along with key references) 
- an indication of how the tutorial will be structured 
- planned course materials 
- any special requirements 

Submissions should be sent in PDF format to Alvaro Barreiro at barreiro(at) with subject field "ECIR 2012 Tutorials". The submissions will undergo peer review and tutorials to be presented will be selected by a Program Committee. 

Alvaro Barreiro (Universidade da Coruña) 

Call for Workshops 

Proposals are invited for one-day or half-day workshops to be run on the first day of the conference, the 1st of April, 2012. ECIR workshops provide a platform for presenting novel ideals in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. We expect that the workshops offer a common forum to engage and encourage researchers (in particular PhD students) to present and discuss their work, and to obtain valuable feedback in an interactive, supportive and friendly environment. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organisers but we are looking for exciting and dynamic workshops that have significant scope for participant interaction. Researchers and practitioners from all segments of the information retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for review. The organisers of approved workshops are expected to define the workshop's focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program content. 

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length (ACM format), and should contain: 

1. the title & abstract of the workshop 
2. background, motivation, and appropriateness to ECIR 
3. the workshop goals/objectives coupled with desired outcomes 
4. the format/structure of the workshop (planned activities and a tentative schedule of events) 
5. the 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 this workshop is related 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 bios of the organisers. 
8. any other relevant information to support your proposal (i.e. the list of invited speakers, the workshop's philosophy, overall vision, program committee, etc) 

The deadline for submitting workshop proposals is the 11th of September, 2011. Submissions to be sent in PDF format to David E. Losada ( [log in to unmask] ) with subject field "ECIR Workshop". The submissions will undergo peer review and will be selected by the Workshop Program Committee. We anticipate notifications being sent on the 1st of November, 2011. 

David Losada (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

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