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Department of Informatics Requirements Engineering Research Group

RE@40 Seminar

The RE@40 Seminar, organized by Martin Glinz, Xavier Franch and Roel Wieringa, took place April 24-28, 2017.

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Forty Years of Requirements Engineering – Looking Forward and Looking Back (RE@40)

Forty years ago, in January 1977, the seminal special issue of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering appeared with eight papers on requirements engineering topics. In retrospect, this issue marks the beginning of RE as a scientific and practical discipline.


The RE@40 Seminar

On this occasion, Martin Glinz, Xavier Franch and Roel Wieringa are organizing a one-week seminar on April 24-28, 2017 which will bring together both senior and junior experts in Requirements Engineering from all over the world to discuss achievements, challenges and a roadmap into the future of RE.

The program will feature keynotes, a couple of invited focus talks, short presentations by participants and ample space for discussion.

The seminar is by invitation only. It will be held in a former monastery in Kappel am Albis, Switzerland.


Seminar Program

The seminar program is online now. Download it here (PDF, 354 KB).

The Venue

The seminar will be held in a former monastery in Kappel am Albis, Switzerland, which is located on the countryside near Zurich. Accommodation will be on site.

Here is a situation plan of the monastery.

Situation plan of the RE@40 venue


Getting there

The venue is easily reachable by public transport from Zurich airport or Zurich main station within roughly an hour. The online timetable of the Swiss public transport network is here. Enter Kappel am Albis, Kloster into the "TO" field when making a query.

Here is more detailed information about traveling to Kappel am Albis with public transport.

Upon arrival

After your arrival, go to the reception to register and obtain your room keys. On Sunday, we meet at 18:30 in the dining hall ("Klosterkeller") for dinner. After dinner, there will be an informal get together in the Abbot's Cellar ("Abtkeller").

When arriving on Monday, register first at the reception and then join us in the meeting room called "Refektorium" (the former monks' dining room), which is accessible from the cloister.

Practical Information


Participation is by invitation only.

Participants are expected to arrive in the evening of Sunday April 23 and stay until Friday. The seminar will end on Friday April 28 by about 2 pm.

Invited participants who would like to arrive prior to April 23 or depart after April 28, are kindly requested to contact Martin  Glinz asap.


Invitees who have confirmed their participation have received an e-mail with a link to the registration site. Please register by April 10, 2017.

If you have any questions, do not contact the seminar venue directly, but send e-mail to the seminar organizers.


Seminar fee: CHF 590 (including all meals and refreshments)

Accommodation (on site): 

  • Single room:  CHF 120
  • Double room: CHF 160

Rates are per room and night, including all taxes. Please note that no meals are included for accompanying persons who are not participating in the seminar.