Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECIR 2021 will be a fully virtual conference. Nevertheless, we are committed to promoting a conference program that is convenient for people in our community all around the world, regardless of their time zone.
We want to call your attention to the fact that all times indicated in the ECIR 2021 schedule are in the CEST timezone (UTC+2), and not in CET (UTC+1). In fact, Italy is now in CET but will move to CEST, i.e., daylight saving time, in the night between March 27 and 28, i.e., the night before the conference begins. So, for instance, all Sunday 28 morning tutorials will start at 9:00 CEST (UTC+2), and not at 9:00 CET (UTC+1). Mark your calendar accordingly!
We will manage the tutorials, the doctoral consortium, the workshops, the industry day, the keynotes, the panel, the full paper sessions, and the CLEF lab description papers, using Zoom (https://zoom.us) and Whova (https://whova.com), while the sessions with short papers and demo papers will be held using Gather Town (https://gather.town/). ECIR 2021 Platinum sponsor Bloomberg, and Golden sponsors Amazon, Google, and eBay will have virtual booths on both Whova and Gather Town to engage with the attendees.
In the following, you will find some information useful for enjoying the conference and interacting with speakers and other attendees on Whova, Zoom, and Gather.town