Call for Bids to Host ACL-IJCNLP-2009

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) hereby invite proposals to host the joint conference in Asia in 2009. This conference will be the 47th annual meeting of the ACL and the 4th bi-annual meeting of the IJCNLP.

At this time, we seek draft proposals from prospective bidders. Based on an evaluation of the draft proposals received, promising bidders will be asked to provide additional information as needed for the final selection.

Together, the ACL and AFNLP Executive Committees will select the General Chair, Program Committee Co-Chairs and all other Chairs for the conference (e.g., Tutorial Chair, Demo Chair, Publications Chair, Student Co-Chairs), except the Local Arrangements Chair.

Draft proposals should identify a Local Arrangements Chair, who will be responsible for activities such as arranging meeting rooms, equipment, refreshments, housing, on-site registration, participant e-mail access, security for equipment, the reception, the banquet, and working with the General Chair and the ACL and AFNLP Executive Committees to develop the budget and registration materials.

Draft proposals are due on January 30, 2007. They will be evaluated by the ACL and AFNLP Executive Committees by February 28, 2007. They will be evaluated Promising bidders will then be contacted and asked to provide further information due by March 30, 2007. The final bid will be chosen by April 15, 2007.

The conference should take place August 2009.

Draft proposals should include information on:

Proposals will be evaluated in relation to a number of site selection criteria (unordered):

The ACL conference handbook and more about ACL policies may be found at:

Successful sample bids for previous conferences may be found at: We are also making available a set of spreadsheets containing information about sample cost categories and task lists to help you to prepare your proposal. Contact us below if you are interested in seeing these.

Please send draft proposals (and requests for sample costs/task lists, if desired) electronically to Bonnie Dorr and Yuji Matsumoto:

Professor Bonnie Dorr
Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
University of Maryland
A.V. Williams Building, College Park, MD 20723, United States
Email: bonnie AT

Professor Yuji Matsumoto
Graduate School of Information Science
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
8916-5, Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
Email:matsu AT
Phone: +81-743-72-5240
Fax: +81-743-72-5249

Important Dates:
November 17, 2006 Call for Bids Posted
November 20, 2006 Sample Costs and Task lists available upon request
February 14, 2007 Draft proposals due
March 14, 2007 ACL and AFLNLP Executive Boards evaluate and provide feedback to bidders
April 15, 2007 Promising bidders provide any requested information
April 30, 2007 Bid selected

Authors: Bonnie Dorr and Yuji Matsumoto, September 4, 2006