Call for Workshop Proposals

The annual SIGIR conference is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results, and the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The 45th ACM SIGIR conference will be held on July 11 to 15, 2022. SIGIR 2022 workshops will provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and emerging areas in IR, in a less formal and more focused way than the conference itself. Researchers and practitioners from all areas of IR are invited to submit proposals for review.

2022 Format

We hope that the organizers will have an on-site presence and be able to hold workshops in person to the best of their possibilities, as far as travel regulations allow. Fully online workshops are also welcomed, though preference will be given to onsite proposals. Onsite workshops will require at least one organizer to attend in person, as well as a (yet to be determined) number of participants. Depending on how travel restrictions and registrations evolve, changes may be necessary.

Important Dates

Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

Proposal submission: Monday, February 21, 2022

Proposal acceptance notification: Monday, March 21, 2022

Proposal camera ready: Sunday, April 24, 2022

Tentative workshop paper submission: Friday, April 22, 2022

Tentative workshop paper acceptance notification: Friday, May 20, 2022

Workshop day: Friday, Jul 15, 2022

Topics of interest

Workshop topics typically match those identified in the SIGIR 2022 general call for contributions (see e.g. full papers), but proposals concerned with other areas of IR are welcome as well. We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly interactive workshops (either full-day or half-day) focusing on either in-depth analysis or broad-ranging approaches to information retrieval. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers. We expect workshops to contain ample time for discussion and engagement of all participants – not just those presenting papers. Workshops that foster collaboration, discussion, group problem-solving and community building initiatives are particularly encouraged. Workshops that only revolve around the presentation of papers in a “mini conference” format are discouraged.

The organizers of approved workshops will be expected to define the workshop’s focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon the final program content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are encouraged to write an article for the ACM SIGIR Forum summarizing the event. At least two organizers are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals, in no more than 4 pages, should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Motivation for the workshop and appropriateness for SIGIR
  • Theme and purpose of the workshop
  • Format (half/full-day) and planned activities and a tentative schedule of events
  • Format (onsite/offline) and, for each organizer, how likely they think it is that they can attend onsite
  • Special requirements and how critical they are to the success of the workshop. Outline a contingency plan in case these requirements can not be met, such as potential last-minute organizers to ensure the workshop runs onsite
  • List of organizers with a short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience
  • Names of potential program committee (PC) members – if the workshop requires a PC
  • Selection process for participants and/or presenters
  • Related workshops (if applicable): if the workshop has been held previously at SIGIR or another conference, the organizers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed

Workshop proposals should be prepared in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use the “sigconf” proceedings template).

Workshop proposals will be reviewed based on the quality of the proposal, their relationship to the main SIGIR 2022 topics, and the likelihood to attract enough participants as well as the hosting capacity of the venue. The submissions will be reviewed by a program committee selected for this purpose, and final decisions will be made at the SIGIR Program Committee meeting.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF through the EasyChair system (workshop track):

The organizers of accepted workshops will be invited to submit a camera-ready summary of the workshop, to be included in the SIGIR 2022 conference proceedings.

Workshop Chairs

Johanne Trippas, University of Melbourne

Julián Urbano, Delft University of Technology


For further information, please contact the SIGIR 2022 Workshop Co-chairs by email to sigir22-workshops AT easychair DOT org.