The goal of the Emerging Researchers’ Forum (ERF) is to bring together emerging researchers in the field of empirical software engineering. The ERF will provide a supportive venue in which emerging researchers can discuss potential and ongoing research that is at any stage of development, from ideas to results. The ERF will offer a friendly environment enabling emerging researchers to get constructive feedback on their work, to exchange experiences, and to explore new research pathways. Furthermore, the ERF will stimulate interactions between emerging researchers and experienced researchers.




Participation is open to research students (undergraduate research students, Master’s students, PhD students) and those within their first two years after obtaining their PhD (post-docs, lecturers, assistant professors) who would like to share research ideas and results with their peers. Emerging researchers without submissions and presentations are welcome to attend (subject to registration). While those without submissions will not be able to present, they are encouraged to ask questions, engage in discussions and benefit from the feedback given to other presenters.




Topics of interest:

  • The topics of interest to the ERF include all those listed for the EASE 2018 main conference.
  • All submissions must focus on empirical work.
  • We invite submissions of ongoing research and research abstracts (submissions of researchers at a very early stage must at least describe a set of research questions and a preliminary research design).

Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions should be 4 pages (PDF format).
  • Papers should not have been submitted for review or published elsewhere.
  • Submissions could have multiple authors, but the first author needs to be an emerging researcher.
  • Only one paper can be submitted as a first author.
  • Submissions must conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings template.
  • Submissions are accepted via EasyChair by choosing the “Emerging Researchers’ Forum”.


  • Accepted submissions will be presented at the ERF.
  • For accepted submissions with multiple authors, the first author is expected to attend the ERF.
  • For presented submissions, the panel of experts will provide feedback at the ERF.
  • Participation requires registration for the ERF.

There are no formal proceedings, but up to three high quality submissions to the ERF might be invited as short papers to the EASE 2018 main conference. Furthermore, authors of these papers will be invited to present their work at the EASE 2018 main conference. Also, authors of all accepted ERF papers will have the opportunity to co-author a joint, ERF-related paper to be submitted to the Special Issue of the Journal of Systems and Software (as well as, of course, submitting their own papers to the Special Issue).



Authors of accepted submissions will present their work. Each presentation will be followed by feedback from the expert panel and other ERF participants. Furthermore, each presenter will be a discussant for another presentation. After each presentation, discussants are expected to reflect on the presentation based on a set of predefined discussion points (e.g., motivation of research problem, quality of research design). To allow for detailed feedback and guidance during the ERF (and potentially during EASE), each presenter will be assigned a dedicated mentor from the expert panel.


Important Dates



10 April 2018


15 April 2018


27 June 2018




Emerging Researchers’ Forum Chair:

Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

International Expert Panel:

  • Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Emilia Mendes, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Rafael Prikladnicki, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Didar Zowghi, University of Technology Sydney, Australia