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

Subject: ECIR 2008 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

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

Tutorials and workshops (30th March)
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)
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)