The European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) was first held at Henley-on-Thames in 1993, when Frank Land merged two initiatives to launch a European conference for IS research. One was led by Dan Remenyi at Henley Management College; the other was inspired by the publication of the European Journal of Information Systems at the London School of Economics.
With the foundation of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in 1994, ECIS was recognised as a regional AIS conference. Today, ECIS is the leading conference for Euopean IS researchers, with an average of 130 papers being held every year. There is, however, also significant contribution from non-European countries, especially the U.S. and Australia.
A Standing Committee is responsible for selecting forthcoming ECIS venues and for ensuring the ongoing success of the ECIS conferences. The Standing Committee is chaired by Edgar Whitley, who has been involved with ECIS since 1993. The AIS currently assists ECIS by sponsoring the Doctoral Consortium and assisting in its organisation.
For information on ECIS, see www.ecisnet.org.