REFSQ 2024
Mon 8 - Thu 11 April 2024 Winterthur, Switzerland

REFSQ 2024 will host its renowned Doctoral Symposium (DS) for PhD students whose research relates to the field of Requirements Engineering (RE). The goals of the DS are:

  • to provide PhD students with an opportunity to learn about the field and to get a feeling of what their colleagues are working on;
  • to provide PhD students with a supportive and safe environment where to present their plans and results;
  • to provide all participant students with feedback from a panel of senior researchers in RE;
  • to facilitate interaction between students and with established researchers in RE.

Call for Papers

Following the time-honoured tradition of REFSQ, the DS will revolve around structured presentations and discussions, with ample time devoted to interactions with the floor. Well-known researchers will attend the event and provide in-depth feedback to the participating students.

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs

Maya Daneva – University of Twente, the Netherlands (
Michael Unterkalmsteiner – Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (

Submission Instructions

We welcome submissions from PhDs students who have started their PhD but have not submitted their thesis yet. To apply to the REFSQ 2024 Doctoral Symposium, you will need to submit an application consisting of the following:

  • A Doctoral Symposium Paper (max 6 pages + 1 for references, CEUR format, see below) that consists of an abstract and of the following sections:
  1. The problem you are addressing: what is unsatisfactory in the current state of the world, and why is this problem relevant (why would anyone care if the problem was solved)? Include a definition of the problem statement.
  2. Related work: why are the existing approaches sub-optimal?
  3. The research method you are applying or you plan to apply: what are the research questions, which method are you following to get to the solution, and how do you plan to evaluate the solution?
  4. Your proposed solution: what have you achieved so far with your research, what is its contribution to the existing literature, and what is the novelty?
  5. An overview of the research plan: what are the next steps toward completing your PhD, and what are the challenges ahead?
  • A Declaration from the Supervisor that confirms that they agree with the submission and that the student will be allowed to attend the event, should the DS paper be accepted.

The DS paper should be formatted using the CEUR-ART style, 1 column. Both DS paper and supervisor’s declaration should be submitted via EasyChair (choose the DS paper option) by February 09th, 2024. Please upload the two files to their respective field.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the DS paper and on the interest of the research described therein. Accepted submissions will be published in CEUR-WS proceedings.