REFSQ is comming to Gothenburg, Sweden March 14 - 17, 2016


REFSQ is known for its wide variety of international participants, from young researchers to leading senior researchers and strong industrial partners. All of them are part of the REFSQ community and come together to join the excellent discussions on scientific research and industrial experience regarding Requirements Engineering.

REFSQ for Young Researchers

Ulrike Abelein, PhD Candidate, University of Heidelberg, Germany

“Attending the doctoral symposium at REFSQ was a very valuable experience for me. First, it challenged me to prepare my first presentation for a conference. This was a good experience in a protected environment. Second, I was very surprised by the welcoming and helpful atmosphere not only by the professors but also from the other participants. I’m still thinking about some of the comments and the discussion about my research questions helped me personally to find my overarching research methodology. Third, meeting the other participants and the dinner on Monday night was fun. In addition it made the networking on the conference much easier;).”

Itzel Morales Ramírez, University of Trento, Italy

“REFSQ is a discussion-friendly space where you can enhance your research skills and stimulate your creativity by sharing experiences, and research ideas with the other attendants. I had the opportunity of being a participant of the Doctoral Symposium in 2013 and presenter of a short paper in 2014, and the collected feedback helped me a lot to improve my research. I really encourage PhD students and the research community in general to consider REFSQ as a forum for building a network, for meeting new peers, senior researchers and professionals from industry.”

Cristina Palomares, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

“As a PhD candidate in the field of requirements engineering, attending REFSQ was a pretty useful experience. First, taking part at the doctoral symposium gave me the chance of getting valuable feedback for my work, both from senior researchers and other participants, and all of this in a protected environment where discussion was welcomed and always constructive. Second, the social events and the overall conference organization and schedule made the networking process a lot easier, which is especially important when you are starting as a researcher. And last but not least, the contents were more than great and I came back full off new ideas and points of view.”

Kevin Vlaanderen, PhD Candidate, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

“As a researcher in the field of Software Product Management, REFSQ has always been one of the main conferences of interest to me. Especially after the International Workshop on Software Product Management joined the conference, a trip to Essen was a fixed item on my agenda. For a PhD student, the conference has some very specific advantages. For one, it is very welcoming to new scientists and it pays special attention to making sure that everyone feels comfortable straight away. But the essential point for me, is that is has quite a large group of PhD students, which helps a lot when you are at the beginning of your scientific career.”

REFSQ for Senior Researchers

Dr. Sergio España, Senior Researcher, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Last year I attended the REFSQ Doctoral Symposium and it was a good experience. The DS gives the chance to PhD students to improve their presentation skills and gather feedback from senior researchers. But, more importantly, they realize that there are spaces where they can share their joys and woes with their peers, they can establish a network of contacts and plan collaborations. I enjoyed the DS and, although I already defended my PhD a few years ago, I also learnt some valuable lessons. It helped become a better PhD supervisor!

REFSQ for Industry

Sarah C. Gregory, Intel Corporation, USA

“Most requirements engineering industrial practitioners will never attend any RE conference. Many will learn most of their skills in the discipline from the experiences of those of us who are able to engage with not only our peers at other companies, but also researchers and even students who are exploring new territory in RE. I attended REFSQ 2014 as a speaker, but stayed through the entire conference to reconnect with some colleagues in RE and build connections with others. Both the offline discussions and highly interactive presentation sessions provided substantial material to consider as we continue to build and deepen our company’s practice.”

Dr. Henning Kleinwechter, Carmeq GmbH, Germany

“Combining reports from practical experiences in the industry track with recent scientific work is the strength of REFSQ. As a practitioner from industry, I obtained a good overview about recent scientific trends in requirements engineering as well as challenges and solutions in industry. The conference offers an optimal platform for discussions and networking.”

Jörg Leuser, Daimler TSS GmbH, Germany

“At REFSQ you can listen to talks without any words on the slides and still gain high quality knowledge. So at REFSQ, knowledge update can be fun – especially since good research and fun to attend sessions are not mutually exclusive. The RE-community is a great mix of experienced and young researchers, who are always open for great discussions. The interaction between academia and industry is excellent – not only during the sessions but also in-between. For me, as a RE-practitioner REFSQ combines scientific research and industrial experiences; REFSQ is neither what you would call a strictly scientific nor a strictly industrial conference – REFSQ is the perfect mix between both types.”

Stefan Sturm, IREB GmbH, Germany

“With the CPRE certification the IREB aims to improving the education in Requirements Engineering. In order to guarantee the high quality of the IREB education we need to stay in permanent touch with leading experts in the field. REFSQ is the ideal place to meet the top members of the research community for discussion. It’s always a great experience to get an overview about the hot topics in the research field. In addition we have gained many contacts to researchers world-wide which help us a lot in our mission.”