PhD Symposium @ ESSIR 2022
Future Directions in Information Access

Organised by BCS-IRSG

The 10th edition of the PhD Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) aims to provide a forum for early-stage researchers, such as PhD students, to share their research and interact with each other and senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for the participants to promote their work, get feedback from senior experts, and obtain experience in presenting and communicating their research.

The symposium is about future directions because we want to encourage submissions that focus on early research such as pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work. The theme of the symposium is information access because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction and usage.

FDIA 2022 is the next chapter in a long list of previous events. Previous symposiums were held in Milan, Italy in 2019 (with ESSIR 2019), Tianjin, China in 2018 (with ICTIR 2018), Barcelona, Spain in 2017 (with ESSIR 2017); Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015 (with ESSIR 2015); Granada, Spain in 2013 (with ESSIR 2013); Koblenz, Germany in 2011 (with ESSIR 2011), Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009); London, England in 2008, and Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007). They have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for early-stage researchers and PhD students for sharing new research ideas.

FDIA 2022 is organised by the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS-IRSG).


We cordially invite Master and PhD students as well as early-stage researchers to submit a paper on their research topic to the symposium. We invite submissions on formative research ideas which present a summary of early-stage researchers’ work, such as initial empirical findings/pilot studies; explore conceptual and/or theoretical models; and/or describe current challenges and opportunities. In particular, submissions focusing on new directions and emerging work in information access and retrieval that potentially create discussion and provoke reaction were strongly encouraged. The submissions will be peer-reviewed by the FDIA Programme Committee members. Accepted submissions will be presented at the symposium, either as a talk or a poster. We plan to publish accepted submissions at CEUR-WS.org. Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Information Retrieval Theory
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, Interactive IR
  • Ethics and Bias in Information Retrieval and Search & Recommendation
  • Collaborative Information Seeking and Searching
  • Learning to Rank
  • Neural IR
  • Multimedia and Multimodal IR
  • Recommender Systems
  • Databases + IR
  • Semantic Search
  • Social Search
  • Web IR
  • Clustering and Categorization
  • Enterprise Search
  • Conversational Agents, knowledge graphs
  • IR Applications (e.g. Digital Humanities, News IR, IR and Bibliometrics)

Papers should be 4-8 pages in length excluding references for presentation or poster (e.g., an outline of the PhD or Master’s project, a discussion of topics and ideas). Submissions should be converted to PDF and submitted via Easychair. We plan to publish the proceedings at CEUR-WS.org. Please use the one-column CEUR style.

We strongly encourage students to submit as solo author but papers with several authors are welcome as well. A selection of papers will be invited to give a short oral or poster presentation.

Important dates and Links

Submission Link: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=fdia2022
Submission Deadline: June 20, 2022 extended to July 1st, 2022
Notification: July 4, 2022 by July 10, 2022
Date of the Symposium: July 20, 2022


PC Chairs

Haiming Liu

University of Southampton

Ingo Frommholz

University of Wolverhampton

Yashar Moshfeghi

University of Strathclyde

General Chairs

The ESSIR Organisers:

  • João Magalhães, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Bruno Martins, Universidade de Lisboa
  • Pablo Castells, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Programme Committee

To be announced.


Feel free to contact us for any enquiries.