INTRODUCTION ESSIR is a five-day summer school (Monday to Friday) which has significantly increased in size over time and is now organised every two years.
ESSIR gives participants a grounding in the core subjects of Information Retrieval (IR): architectures; algorithms; formal theoretical models; evaluation theory and practice, as well as a coverage of recent topics and trends in the field, such as fairness, conversational search, and more.
ESSIR also provides an opportunity for participants to discuss a wide variety of IR topics with each other and the lecturers. ESSIR is aimed at: advanced undergraduate students; PhD students; post-doctoral researchers; academic and industrial researchers; developers.
After this extremely difficult period due to the pandemic, ESSIR 2022 will represent one of the first opportunities of the Information Retrieval community to catch up and get in touch, taking care of the training of the younger generations.
Traditionally, ESSIR is co-located with several accompanying events (such as Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access, FDIA) that give the participants an excellent opportunity for focused discussions on recent emerging topics in Information Retrieval.
Further details on ESSIR can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Summer_School_in_Information_Retrieval <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Summer_School_in_Information_Retrieval>
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND SELECTION
Parties interested in hosting ESSIR 2022 are invited to submit proposals, in PDF format, by email to the ESSIR Steering Committee co-chairs
Maristella Agosti <maristella.agosti at unipd.it> Nicola Ferro <ferro at dei.unipd.it> Gabriella Pasi <pasi at disco.unimib.it>
5 November 2021
Proposals will be evaluated by the ESSIR Steering Committee. Evaluation will take into account: venue and timing: attractiveness of the location, hosting facilities, transportation options, accommodation, social program options, targeted event week, key dates, avoidance of timing conflicts with other relevant IR events and large-scale local public events. scientific program: foundational IR topics, special lectures, accompanying events (podium discussions, poster sessions, etc.), strategy for acquiring and organizational support of high-quality IR lecturers. Proposals should also take into consideration the scheduling of relevant co-located events (symposiums, workshops) like FDIA. support for student participants: grants, special conditions for participation and/or accommodation, opportunity to collect ECTS credit points, networking events, opportunities for personal dialogue with ESSIR lecturers. financial viability: initial draft of the financial plan including major fixed and variable costs, budget cut-off points, strategy of sponsoring acquisition. plans for organisation: local organizer consortium and its expertise in event/hosting management, key roles and initial responsibility assignments. Analysis of major risks (such as appropriate number of participants, commitment of key lecturers, sufficient amount of sponsoring) and reasonable fallback options. dissemination and publicity: plans for reaching the target audience through mailing lists, direct contacts to IR groups, scientific social networks, Web 2.0 channels, Web presence. Opportunities to share ESSIR materials within IR community: slides, video lectures, scripts, post-proceedings, etc.
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