The SIGIR bi-annual forum publication for June 2008 is now online.
It has extension coverage of ECIR, so if you missed the conference you can catch much of the relevant information.
(Somewhat) Grand Challenges for Information Retrieval, NickBelkin's ECIR keynote address, which I've covered in the past.
AIR 2006 First International Workshop on Adaptive Information Retrieval -- An older workshop on adapative retrieval (based on users). Really interesting topic, see the workshop website.
Beyond Bags of Words: Effectively Modeling Dependence and Features in Information Retrieval, Donald Metzler's dissertation abstract. And of course, if you find that interesting you can always read the entire thing: full thesis.