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European Summer School in Information Retrieval

The ESSIR initiative is a self-organized body, whose main mission is to promote research, innovation, and development of information access systems by educating junior and senior researchers, students, professionals, developers, and practitioners on the latest developments in the field, both methodological and technological.

By targeting information access at large, ESSIR places itself at the crossroad of several neighbors disciplines, namely

  • Information Retrieval (IR)
  • Recommender Systems (RecSys)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data Science (DS)

The ESSIR event is a week-long event, organized over the summer, where renowned lecturers and students interact together in a number of ways, e.g. lectures, hands-on sessions, flipped classrooms, aimed at the most effective teaching and learning of both basic and advanced topics on information access at large.

ESSIR also aims at nurturing discussion on new approaches for teaching and learning information access, at fostering the development of modern curricula, at all levels, on these subjects, and at stimulating the adoption of the most up-to-date resources (software, datasets, and more).


More than 30 years of Education

The ESSIR series started in 1990, after the successful experience of the Summer School in Information Retrieval, ideated by Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy and Nick Belkin, Rutgers University, USA, for an Italian audience in 1989.

ESSIR 2024

Bids by 5 March 2023

ESSIR 2022

Lisbon, Portugal

ESSIR 2019

Milan, Italy

ESSIR 2017
Barcelona, Spain

ESSIR 2015
Thessaloniki, Greece

ESSIR 2013
Granada, Spain

ESSIR 2011
Koblenz, Germany

ESSIR 2009
Padua, Italy

ESSIR 2007
Glasgow, UK

ESSIR 2005
Dublin, Ireland

ESSIR 2003
Aussois, France

ESSIR 2000
Varenna, Italy

ESSIR 1995
Glasgow, UK

ESSIR 1990
Brixen, Italy

ESSIR Charter

The charter defines the mission, scope, and functioning of ESSIR, including the role of the Steering Committee and the procedures for bidding and hosting ESSIR.

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Steering Committee

Envisioning the Next 30 Years of Education

The main purpose of the Steering Committee is to ensure the continuity, the growth, and the quality of the ESSIR Initiatives.

Nicola Ferro

Nicola Ferro

University of Padua, Italy

Maristella Agosti

Maristella Agosti

University of Padua, Italy

ESSIR co-founder
Catherine Berrut

Catherine Berrut

Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Pablo Castells

Pablo Castells

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain and Amazon, USA

João Magalhães

João Magalhães

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Iadh Ounis

Iadh Ounis

University of Glasgow, UK

Gabriella Pasi

Gabriella Pasi

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy



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