The European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) invites proposals to host the 2014 EACL conference, to be held in Europe, the Middle East or Africa (EMEA) in Spring (preferably April) 2014. From 2014 the EACL conference will take place every 3 years. The 2014 conference will be the 14th meeting of the EACL.

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 for the final selection.

The EACL Board will appoint the general chair for the conference, the programme committee chair, and all other chairs (tutorial chair, workshop chair, etc.) except for 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, accommodation, on-site registration, participant internet access, the reception, the banquet, and working with the other chairs and the EACL Board to develop the budget and registration materials. Achieving budget estimates will, in particular, involve liaising with the sponsorship committee.

The conference should take place during Spring 2014 (preferably April), avoiding national holidays of the EACL countries such as Western and Orthodox Easter and Jewish passover.

Draft proposals should include information on the following (each item to be explicitly addressed):

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

A budget template for EACL 2014 and successful bids for previous and current conferences are available at: http://eacl.coli.uni-saarland.de/contents/cfb14.html

The ACL conference handbook and more about ACL policies can be found at: http://www.aclweb.org/archive/

Successful bids for previous ACL conferences can be found at: http://www.aclweb.org/archive/bids.html

The generic bid guidelines for ACL conferences can be found here: http://aclweb.org/adminwiki/index.php?title=Bid_Guidelines
Most of these guidelines carry over to the EACL case.

Please send your draft proposal (including template form with estimated budget) electronically to the EACL Chair-elect:

Stephen Clark
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

The EACL board encourages groups who intend to submit a proposal to ask questions about how to prepare the proposal.

Important Dates: October 8, 2011: Deadline for draft bids
November 18, 2011: Feedback to bidders and announcement of shortlist of bidders
January 31, 2012: Deadline for final bids
March 30, 2012: Final bid chosen
April, 2014: EACL Conference.