Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA)


The 11th PhD Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the 14th European Summer School on Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2023). 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.

Why future directions? Because we want to encourage submissions that focus on the early research such as pilot studies, presenting 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 and usage.


The BCS-IRSG FDIA Symposium is mainly, but not exclusively, turned to PhD students, researchers new to the field, and postdoctoral 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.
Important dates
05.06 - FDIA submission deadline
19.06 - FDIA notification deadline
30.08 - Date of FDIA symposium

Submission Link

Call for Papers

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 access 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 or with TU Vienna Press depending on the number of accepted papers. 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 and Dense Retrieval
  • Large Language Models and 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. Please use the 1-column CEUR style [.zip][Overleaf].

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The registration for the FDIA is included in the ESSIR registration. Please register for ESSIR here.

Program Chairs

  • Ingo Frommholz, University of Wolverhampton, UK

  • Haiming Liu, University of Southampton, UK

  • Yashar Moshfeghi, University of Strathclyde, UK


Previous Editions

The previous symposiums were held in Lisbon, Portugal 2022 (with ESSIR 2022); 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 for sharing new research ideas.