Search Solutions is the premier UK forum for presentation of the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited.

The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

NOTE: Search Solutions offers a Tutorial Programme on Tuesday 28 November.


09:30 - Registration and coffee

Session 1: Beyond keyword matching: Searching with taxonomies & knowledge graphs

10:00 - Introduction
10:15 - Edgar Meij, Bloomberg: Semantic Search and recommendations at Bloomberg
10:45 - Mark Fea, LexisNexis: The Search elixir - Building, applying and harnessing taxonomies to improve search relevance
11:15 - Break

Session 2: New challenges: Misinformation, fake news & toxic content

11:45 - Mark Harwood, Elastic: Tackling toxic content with the elastic stack
12:15 - Anna Kolliakou, King's College London: Computing veracity in PHEME: trend detection and intervention for mental health
12:45 - Phil Bradley, Independent Consultant: The facts about fake news
13:15 - Lunch

Session 3: From search to conversation

14:15 - Filip Radlinski, Google: A Theoretical Framework for Conversational Search (based on this paper A Theoretical Framework for Conversational Search)
14:45 - Fabrizio Silvestri, Facebook: Search at Facebook
15:15 - Break

Session 4: Beyond web search

15:30 - Nicola Cancedda, Bing/Microsoft: Reply With: Suggesting Email Attachments
16:00 - Mark Stanger, Elsevier: Elsevier DataSearch: The challenges of building a search engine for research data
16:30 - Lightning Talks (feel free to step up and present YOUR five-minute talk)
17:00 - Our traditional fishbowl session
17:45 - Drinks!


Search Solutions 2017 is organised by the Information Retrieval specialist group of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

BCS, 1st Floor
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA


Registration fees (including VAT at 20%) are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 23:59 on 31 Oct 2017)

BCS/ISKO member rate: £99
Non-member rate: £129

Full Rates (from 1 Nov 2017)

BCS/ISKO member rate: £119
Non-member rate: £149

Registration fees include lunch and a copy of the proceedings. Tea and coffee will also be available throughout the day followed by a drinks reception in the evening.

For details of the tutorial programme and pricing, please refer to the Search Solutions Tutorials page.

Closing date for bookings is Sunday 26 November at 11:59 pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received within 14 days of the booking date or by 12:00 pm on Tuesday 21 November, otherwise, name substitutions will be allowed if notified before the closing date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that the BCS does not issue invitation letters.


Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Andy MacFarlane, City University London
John Tait, ltd.
Dyaa Albakour, Signal Media Ltd.
Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire.


For enquiries about the event please contact Tony Russell-Rose, IRSG Vice-Chair: irsg [at]