Call for Bids to Host ACL-08


The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) hereby invites proposals to host the annual conference in North America in 2008. This conference will be the 46th annual meeting of the ACL, and is jointly hosted by the North American Chapter (NAACL).

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.

The ACL Executive Committee 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 Executive Committee to develop the budget and registration materials.

Draft proposals are due on July 1, 2006. They will be evaluated by the ACL Executive Committee by Aug 1, 2006. Promising bidders will then be contacted and asked to provide further information due by Sept 1, 2006. The final bid will be chosen by Sept 15, 2006.

The conference should take place during June or July 2008, avoiding religious holidays if possible.

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:

Please send draft proposals electronically to Mark Steedman and Dragomir Radev:

Mark Steedman
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9LW
United Kingdom

Email: steedman AT (no spam please)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650-4631
Fax: +44 (0)131 650-6626

Dragomir Radev
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

Email: radev AT (no spam please)
Phone: +1 734-764-3726
Fax: +1 734-764-2475

Important Dates:
July 1, 2006 Draft proposals due
August 1, 2006 ACL Executive Board evaluates proposals
September 1, 2006 Promising bidders provide any requested information
September 15, 2006 Bid selected

Author: Mark Steedman, May 31, 2006