The first day consists of a series of plenary talks by academic researchers and industry practitioners. Throughout the day, there will be poster sessions and many network opportunities. This will be followed by a reception and conference dinner

On the second day,  we will have thematic breakout sessions to delve deeper into current issues in recommender systems research. These breakout sessions will bring together early career researchers and seasoned experts to give and receive feedback on work-in-progress, and discuss future collaborations. 

Day 1.

8:45 Doors open and coffee

9:15 Welcome

9:30 Keynote – Georgios Paltoglou (European Commission) on 

"Recommender Systems and the Digital Services Act: Challenges and Opportunities"

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Lightning talks – Responsible applications

11:45 Poster session

12:30 Lunch

14:15 Lightning talks – Ranking

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Lightning talks – User studies

16:30 Keynote – Harald Steck (Netflix) on

"From the Netflix Prize to Conversational Recommender Systems today"

17:45 Networking reception 

19:00 Networking dinner

Day 2.

8:45 Doors open and coffee

9:15 Panel discussion on
"Crossing boundaries between industry, academia and different scientific disciplines working on RecSys"
with Nava Tintarev (Maastricht University), Kim Falk (ViSenze), Olivier Jeunen (ShareChat),
Georgios Paltoglou (European Commission), moderated by Lien Michiels (University of Antwerp)

10:15 Introduction to breakout sessions

10:30 Breakout sessions

12:00 'All aboard' lunch ⛴️

14:30 Breakout sessions

16:00 Closing

Accepted contributions

We will have ten plenary lightning talks and more than twenty posters! Check out an overview of all accepted contributions here.


Harald Steck Senior Research Scientist at Netflix

Georgios Paltoglou  Policy Officer at the European Commission

More details on the keynotes here!

Food & drinks

All coffee and lunch breaks are included in the registration fee and will be catered at the venue. Reception and conference dinner are also included in the registration. 

All aboard lunch (Day 2)

DBWRS takes place at the iconic Port House in Antwerp, at the heart of the second largest port in Europe. On Friday (Day 2), the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is inviting you to join us on a 2-hour boat tour and learn more about this unique environment. During this boat tour, lunch will be served