If you have any items you would like raised, or if you would like to nominate yourself for election to the Committee, please contact the BCS-IRSG Chair and Secretary.

Call for nominations

The BCS Information Retrieval specialist group invites nominations for the following positions:

  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Inclusion Officer
  • Early Careers Advocate
  • Events Coordinator
  • 1 ordinary member of the committee

Those elected will serve a two-year term commencing from the 2023 AGM (held on the 21st of November 2023 after the Search Solutions Tutorials).

The committee seeks to promote Information Retrieval throughout the world and takes decisions on a number of important matters including the location of ECIR, allocating funds for student travel support, organising other meetings and conferences including Search Solutions, running the Karen Spärck Jones Award and a number of other activities.

The committee normally meets four times per year, usually in London, with most members attending via Video conference.

Nominations should have the written support of a nominator and seconder, and the written confirmation of the person nominated that they wish to stand. The person standing, the nominator and seconder should all be members of the group (if you receive this message you are almost certainly eligible to stand or act as a nominator or seconder). However, note candidates for Chair, Membership Secretary and Treasurer must be professional members of the BCS.

Nominations should include a brief biography (one paragraph), and a brief statement of why you wish to stand (one paragraph). In line with the BCS goals related to diversity and inclusion, we welcome nominations from less represented groups including women and BAME.

Only members of the BCS may vote in the election.

Nominations should be sent by email to the Secretary of the Group, Steven Zimmerman, and the Chair, Udo Kruschwitz, by 17.00 (UK) on Thursday 2nd November 2023.

Information about the AGM and a call of nominations is circulated on the BCS IRSG mailing list.