10th European Summer School in Information Retrieval , 31 August - 4 September 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece

Publish Date: Jun 03, 2015

Deadline: Jul 15, 2015

The 10th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2015) will be a 5-day event (31 August – 4 September, 2015) held in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

The FDIA Symposium is mainly aimed towards PhD students, researchers new to the field, and post doctoral researchers. The objectives are:

  • To provide an accessible forum for new researchers to discuss their research and projects.
  • To help foster formative and tentative research ideas.
  • To encourage discussion and successful progression.
  • To share outcomes of doctoral work.

The 6th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the 10th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2015) in Thessaloniki, Greece. The symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The previous symposiums were held in, Granada, Spain (with ESSIR 2013), Koblenz, Germany (with ESSIR 2011), Padova, Italy (with ESSIR 2009), London, England (with Search Solutions 2008), and Glasgow, Scotland (with ESSIR 2007) and have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for sharing new research ideas.

Why Future Directions, because we want to encourage submissions that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, research questions challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work.

Why Information Access, because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction, recommendation, accessibility and usage.


This year we invite summer school participants to submit short papers on topics about Information Access. We particularly encourage masters and doctoral students to outline their research topic, questions and progress. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students to provide pointers to their work and obtain experience in presenting and communicating their research.

We especially encourage submissions on formative research ideas which present a summary of their doctoral work, initial empirical findings/ pilot studies, explore conceptual and/or theoretical models, and/or describe current challenges and opportunities. Submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in Information Access/Retrieval which create discussion and provoke reaction are strongly encouraged. Note the work need not be original and can be a summary of past and current work.

Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Multimedia and Multimodal
  • Knowledge Management
  • Recommender Systems
  • Databases

All papers will be peer reviewed by at least one senior researcher on the Programme Committee. Papers should be 2-4 pages in length, and be submitted in Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) Format using the Word or Latex templates. Submissions should be converted to PDF.

We strongly encourage students to submit as a solo author papers. A selection of papers will be invited to give a short oral presentation, while all participants will be asked to present a poster.

ESSIR participants who will submit FDIA papers will be given priority for the ESSIR scholarships.


  •  21 June 2015 (23:59 GMT): Deadline for FDIA submissions
  • 5 July 2015: FDIA Notification of acceptance
  • 21 July 2015 (23:59 GMT): FDIA Final versions due
  • 24 July 2015 (23:59 GMT): Deadline for registering at ESSIR  for FDIA authors
  • 2 September 2015: FDIA 2015 Symposium


The prices listed below include the participation to the ESSIR 2015 lectures and group activities, the FDIA symposium, coffees, lunches, banquet, social activities and events, and FDIA proceedings.

Early Registration (until July 15, 2015) €450.00 €500.00
Late/On-site Registration (from July 16, 2015) €550.00 €600.00


The registration is open here!

If you submit a application for a student scholarship and it is successful, your registration fee will be refunded to you at the summer school.


Additional tickets for the banquet and the social activities and events will also be available for guests of already registered participants. More details to follow soon!


Requests for registration cancellation must be made in writing and mailed to the following address: essir2015@iti.gr. All requests for refunds will be processed after ESSIR 2015. Refunds will be made in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Cancellations received on or before July 31, 2015, will receive a full refund minus a 60 euro processing fee.
  • Cancellations received from August 1, 2015 through August 20, 2015 will receive a 50% refund minus a 60 euro processing fee.
  • No refunds will be made for requests received on or after August 21, 2015.
  • ‘No shows’ (due to all causes including natural disasters) are non-refundable and are liable for the full registration fee.

If you have a paper accepted at the FDIA symposium, then it is necessary to register for the conference by July 24, 2105to ensure that the paper is included in the proceedings.

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