Keith van Rijsbergen Award


Call for Nominations:

Keith has been a pioneer in modern information retrieval and a strong advocate of the development of models and theories in information retrieval. Keith has also been recognised for his mentorship of numerous researchers within the community.

ECIR 2024 proposes a new award (the KvR Award) to encourage and recognise researchers who have made significant contributions in using theory to develop new information retrieval models, paradigms, concepts or metrics, thereby addressing foundational aspects in information retrieval and opening up new ways of thinking about information retrieval. 

The intention is to present the award every other year at ECIR, pending sufficient funding.


The KvR Award is open to all active researchers in information retrieval, who have had at least 10 years of experience since their PhD.


The awardee must have had a significant track record in information retrieval, especially in using theory to advance our understanding of key aspects, problems or applications in information retrieval.


The following should be submitted in the provided Google Form:

– Name of nominee, position, affiliation, number of years since PhD;

– Name, position and affiliation of person proposing the nominee;

– A concise supporting case (500 words max), highlighting the contributions the nominee has made in advancing the use of theory in information retrieval and a list of up to 5 illustrative publications of the nominee’s contributions to theoretical IR.

Deadline for nomination: 15th January 2024

Award Panel

For 2024, the Awarding Panel will consist of the General Chairs of ECIR 2024, and three other representatives from the track chairs of ECIR 2024. In addition, it will have a representative of BCS IRSG and a representative of the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow where Keith van Rijsbergen has retired. 


The recipient of the award will receive a certificate, a cash prize of £500 plus expenses for the awardee to attend and give a special keynote at ECIR 2024.