WIR at SIGIR 2020

Women in IR is pleased to announce two virtual meetings to be held during SIGIR 2020. The sessions are spread out to make them accessible for attendees across all time zones. If you are attending SIGIR 2020 (held virtually this year due to COVID-19), please consider attending one (or both!) the sessions.

We welcome all SIGIR 2020 attendees, irrespective of their gender identity.

Session A

July 27

19:00 - 20:30 Beijing Time (UTC+8) / 13:00 - 14:30 CEST (UTC+2) / 11:00 - 12:30 GMT (UTC) /

07:00 - 08:30 US ET (UTC-4) / 04:00 - 05:30 US PT (UTC-7)


• Yuki Arase (Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan)

• Nazli Goharian (Co-chair, Women in IR & Clinical Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University, USA)

• Claudia Hauff (Associate Professor, TU Delft, Netherlands)

• Jiyin He (Senior Data Scientist, Signal AI, UK)

• Djoerd Hiemstra (Professor, Radboud University, Netherlands)

• Noriko Kando (Professor, Information and Society Research Division, NII, Japan)

• Cristina Muntean (Researcher, HPC Lab, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)

• Johanne Trippas (Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia)

• Xing Xie (Senior Principal Research Manager, Microsoft Research Asia, China)

• Emine Yilmaz (Professor and Turing Fellow, University College London, UK & Research Consultant, Microsoft)

• Min Zhang (Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Session B

July 28/29

July 29 00:00 - 01:30 Beijing Time (UTC+8)

July 28 18:00 - 19:30 CEST (UTC+2) / 16:00 - 17:30 GMT (UTC) / 12:00 - 13:30 US ET (UTC-4) / 9:00 - 10:30 US PT (UTC-7)


• Hannah Bast (Professor of Computer Science, University of Freiburg, Germany)

• Asia Biega (Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research, Montreal, Canada)

• Shiri Dori-Hacohen (Co-founder, Women in IR / CEO & Technical co-founder, AuCoDe)

• Susan Dumais (Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England, New York City and Montreal)

• Ashlee Edwards (Senior Product Researcher, Netflix, USA)

• Diane Kelly (Director & Professor, School of Information Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)

• Vanessa Murdock (Applied Science Manager, Amazon, USA)

• Barbara Poblete (Associate Professor, Universidad de Chile & Researcher, IMFD, Chile)

• Ellen Voorhees (ACM Fellow & Senior Research Scientist, NIST, USA)


(Common to both sessions.)

1. Key roles: What are the reasons that the vast majority of decision-making positions (i.e., key roles) are held by men? Is it because the men at the top (i.e., the decision-makers) are picking other males over females? Or is it only because the candidate pool on the market is mostly male? What are potential solutions to address this issue?

2. Gender pay inequality: As previously discussed in the SIGIR 2019 WIR meeting, reports show that even in the same faculty / administrative position, women are paid less than men. How can this problem of pay disparity be addressed?

3. Dealing with biases: How do we work together to fight against the hidden biases against women in science and technology? What hidden biases have you experienced and/or overcome in your career?

WIR@SIGIR 2020 Co-chairs

Nazli Goharian (Georgetown University, USA)

Xin Ma (Microsoft Research Asia)

Suzan Verberne (Leiden University, Netherlands)

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