Aberdeen Chosen to Host Premier European Conference

Aberdeen has been chosen to host Europe’s premier forum on the presentation of new research in the field of information retrieval. Young researchers in this field will visit Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) from 10-13 April 2017 for the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR).


The forum aims to provide a supportive network for which their unpublished and innovative research can be presented, discussed and debated. A weekend workshop will run at Robert Gordon University (RGU) on 8-9 April 2017 preceding the conference at AECC where delegates can learn from experts in the field.


The conference, which was secured by the collaborative approach of TeamAberdeen, will feature keynote speakers from academic and industry professionals, along with workshops, tutorials and industry days to provide delegates with the best opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking. ECIR received subvention funding from VisitAberdeen which was match funded by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund.


Ayse Goker, Professor of Computing Systems at Robert Gordon University (RGU), worked alongside TeamAberdeen to successfully bid for the conference. TeamAberdeen combines expertise from Aberdeen City and Shire Council, AECC, Aberdeen International Airport, RGU, The University of Aberdeen and VisitAberdeen to secure high profile conferences for the city.


Professor Goker commented, “ECIR was last held in Aberdeen in 1997, so it seems fitting to have the conference return to the beautiful region on the 20th anniversary. When we set out on the bidding process to host the conference in Aberdeen, we wanted it to be inclusive of researchers stretching from the Northwest of Europe to the Southeast to allow professionals and academics in the industry to showcase their research to an international audience. The programme has increased involvement for student mentoring to cover several facets of information retrieval which will further opportunities for networking and social activities.”


Steven Daun, Associations Sales Manager at AECC and member of TeamAberdeen, said “TeamAberdeen has been working closely with Professor Ayse Goker for a number of months to secure the ECIR conference and we are thrilled the region has been selected to host another premier European conference in 2017.”



For more information please contact Susan Kerr, PR & Marketing Executive, AECC, on 01224 330 479 or [email protected]



TeamAberdeen’s success has helped to attract 31 conferences in the last year with the help of local influencers which is continuing to grow for the future with conferences being confirmed well into 2017; 2016 International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), secured by Hazel Curtis from Seafish and Professor Jimmy Young from Stirling University, 2017 IEEE Oceans, secured by Professor John Watson, University of Aberdeen, 2017 International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN), secured by Professor Cherry Wainwright, Dr Giovanna Bermano from RGU and Dr Bauke de Roos from the Rowett Research Institution.


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