Don’t be fooled by the leaning tower of Pisa
at REFSQ2020 you’ll learn how to keep your requirements straight!

REFSQ will be an Online LIVE Event with ZOOM
23-26 June, 2020

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Join REFSQ2020 here

Conference Programme

Online Event Istructions

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Register here for the Live Study

REFSQ2021 will be in Essen, April 12-15, 2021.
Check the CfP:

The REFSQ working conference is the leading European conference series on requirements engineering. It is the goal of REFSQ to foster the creation of a strong European RE community across industry and academia. Since 1994, Requirements Engineering continued to be a dominant factor influencing the quality of software, systems and services. REFSQ seeks contributions which report on novel ideas and techniques that enhance the quality of RE’s products and processes, as well as reflections on current research. REFSQ has a long tradition of being a highly structured and interactive forum. In addition to the high-quality scientific program, REFSQ also features a highly interactive Industry Track, Workshops, Posters and Tool demos, Doctoral Symposium and a Live Study Track.

REFSQ LNCS Proceedings are now Available:

CEUR Proceedings for Co-located events are now Available:

8 May 2020 - Message from the REFSQ2020 Organisers:

Dear REFSQ Community, we hope life is starting again in all your countries, as it is now in Pisa. Hopefully things will get settled soon.

Meanwhile, we have been working to set up REFSQ2020 as an on-line LIVE event. Please find the recent updates below:

Conference Dates are 23-26 of June, 2020

Preliminary Program is available here. Detailed version here.

The whole schedule refers to the Italian time. The time slots will be between 12.45 and 17.30, with variations depending on the day. This will allow most of the world to take part to the conference.

We will feature 4 Keynotes (when in trouble, GO BIG!):

Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano, Italian father of Software Engineering) - Wed, 24 June 2020

Alistair Mavin (Independent Requirements Specialist, EARS's father) - Thu 25, June 2020

Benjamin Collar (Siemens, Head of Industrial Cyber and Digital Security) - Thu 25, June 2020 (CANCELLED)

Karel Vredenburg (IBM Canada Ltd, Design Director, Educator, Podcaster) - Fri 26, June 2020

We will feature all the planned co-located events, Workshops, Doctoral Symposium, Industry Day, Posters, Demos, and Live Studies in an on-line live format.

Online registration includes access to all events. Register Here.

Stay tuned for updates!

15 April 2020 - Message from the REFSQ2020 Organisers:

Dear REFSQ Community, we hope you and your family are safe and well. There is still a lot of uncertainty about how the COVID-19 pandemic will evolve over the next months. After internal discussion among the organisers, we decided hold REFSQ 2020 as an on-line event at the end of June, with pre-recorded presentations, live discussions, keynotes and (possibly) social events. In our opinion this is the best choice to keep the participants safe, while still giving them the possibility to participate in a highly interactive event like REFSQ.

Tentative dates are: 23-26 of June, 2020

We are currently defining the guidelines for authors and the overall structure of the online event. More detailed information, also about registration, will follow during the upcoming weeks.
27 February 2020 - Message from the REFSQ2020 Organisers:

We have observed and analyzed the situation created by the Corona virus outbreak in Italy. Although we were prepared to have a great REFSQ conference in Pisa with you, we are concerned about the health of our attendees, and about many concerns we have received during the last two days. Part of our keynoters and attendees had to cancel their trips due to restrictions by their companies.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone the REFSQ conference to a later point in time. Since it is unsure when the crisis will be over, we are targeting June or July, but will need to wait how things develop.

We will keep the REFSQ community informed as soon as decisions are made. The final decision will be published on May 10th, 2020 at the latest.

Proceedings of the conference and co-located events will be published in March as expected.

Registrations are temporarily closed. If you have a paper at one of the co-located events, and you did not register yet, we will contact you in the next few days.

If you have already registered, please read below.

- For all registered participants: the registration will be valid also for the postponed date.

- For registered participants with a paper in the main conference proceedings or in the co-located events proceedings: if you are unable to attend and present your paper on the postponed date, you will be given the opportunity of a remote presentation (either via video or video link).

- For participants who have registered for the whole event, but only have a paper at one of the co-located events: If you plan not to be able to attend the main event, you may ask for the refund of the main conference fee (but not refund for the co-located events).

- For the other participants: refund policy in case of cancellation by the participant will be published soon.

We are sorry we had to make this decision, especially for those who already scheduled and booked their trips. We hope we will see many of you in June or July.

REFSQ2020 will be hosted in Pisa, Italy from 24th till 27th of March, 2020 (Dates TBD)

The Call for Research Papers is now online. You can find the flyer here.

Special Theme — “RE and Cyber-Physical Systems”

The special theme of REFSQ2020 is “RE and Cyber-Physical Systems” to emphasize the role that RE can play in the design of the next generation of systems where people, and physical and software components interact in many different ways.

The authors of the best manuscripts will be invited to extend their papers into full journal papers for a Special Section of the Information and Software Technology Journal.

Important deadlines for REFSQ2020:

Abstract Submission

October 25 November 1, 2019 AoE (Extendend)

Paper Submission

November 1 November 8, 2019 AoE (Extendend)

REFSQ 2020 Conference

March 24-27, 2020 TBD


The REFSQ 2020 proceedings will be published in Springer’s LNCS series. Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNCS format and must no exceed the page limits mentioned in the Call for Papers.

Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found at:

Papers should be submitted using EasyChair at:


If you are looking for information about REFSQ 2019, you can find it here.

Proceedings of previous years:

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