Dr. Ellen Voorhees, from TREC over at NIST sent me this Call for Papers:

Subject: ECIR 2008 Call For Participation

2nd CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

*Full Programme and Accommodation Details Now Online*
** Early Bird Registration Deadline: 29th February 2008 **

30th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2008) 30th March – 3rd April University of Glasgow
http://ecir2008.dcs.gla.ac.uk/ 

Organized by: University of Glasgow
In cooperation with: BCS-IRSG, ACM SIGIR

* Conference programme (31st March – 2nd April) The technical program will include 33 full research papers, 19 short papers, and 28 posters. Full programme is available at
http://ecir2008.dcs.gla.ac.uk/programme.html     

Tutorials and workshops (30th March)
http://ecir2008.dcs.gla.ac.uk/tutorials_workshops.html    
ECIR 2008 will host three half-day tutorials and three full-day workshops
Tutorial: Advanced language modeling approaches (case study: expert
search) –  Djoerd Hiemstra, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Tutorial: Search and discovery in user-generate text content – Maarten de Rijke and Wouter Weerkamp, ISLA, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tutorial: Research and building IR applications using Terrier – Craig Macdonald and Ben He, University of Glasgow, UK
Workshop: Workshop on novel methodologies for evaluation in Information Retrieval – organized by Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK, Martin Braschler, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, Nicola Ferro, University of Padova, Italy, and Julio Gonzalo, UNED, Spain
Workshop: Efficiency issues in Information Retrieval Workshop – organized by Roi Blanco, Universidade da Coruña, Spain and Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI CNR, Italy
Workshop: Exploiting semantic annotations in Information Retrieval – Omar Alonso, A9.com, USA and Hugo Zaragoza, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

*Industry day (3rd April)
http://ecir2008.dcs.gla.ac.uk/industry.html     
A day of presentations and discussion dedicated to the interests and needs of Information Retrieval practitioners.

* Keynote speakers
ECIR 2008 is pleased to announce the following three keynote speakers:
Professor Nicholas J. Belkin Rutgers, University, USA – Some(what) Grand Challenges for Information Retrieval Professor Bettina Berendt, K.U. Leuven, Belgium – You are a document
too: Web mining and IR for next-generation information literacy Dr Amit Singhal, Google Research Fellow, Google, USA – Web Search:
Challenges and Directions

* Paper awards
Best paper award, best student paper award and best poster award, all sponsored by Yahoo! Research

* Social events
A social event every day, including a Banquet reception on 31st March at the Kelvingrove Museum and a civic reception at the City Chambers on 1st April. Further details will be posted on the ECIR 2008 Web site.

* Registration
For registration and other information, please visit the ECIR 2008
home page at http://ecir2008.dcs.gla.ac.uk/registration.html   

* Main sponsors
Google  http://www.google.com     
Microsoft Research  http://research.microsoft.com    
Yahoo! Research  http://research.yahoo.com     
MatrixWare Information Services  http://www.matrixware.com    

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Glasgow,

The ECIR 2008 Chairs
(Ian Ruthven, Vassilis Plachouras, Ryen White and Iadh Ounis)

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