Update of 2020-06-30:
RE’20 will be held as a hybrid conference

 

We have chosen the hybrid conference model with physical local as well as remote online participation. The Covid-19 situation in central Europe, in general, and Switzerland, in particular, has relaxed to the extent that meetings of up to 1000 participants are allowed in Switzerland again and that borders within Europe have been re-opened.

The conference will be executed with an approved safety concept to ensure maximum safety for the participants in compliance with the applicable practice and regulations in Switzerland.

Even after Covid-19, hybrid conferences will probably be the new normal: due to the climate change, people will travel less and less far in the future.

With its hybrid model, RE’20 aims at maximizing the quality of experience for all participants:
> The classic conference experience for those who can and want to travel;
> An interactive virtual experience for those who participate remotely.

The online experience will, among others, be based on the lessons-learned of REFSQ 2020.

For participants who plan to attend physically: We recommend you to book your hotel room soon. If you are not yet 100% sure whether or not to attend physically, book a hotel room now that you can cancel free of charge and make your final decision some days before the early registration deadline (July 20, 2020). More information about a safe stay in Switzerland will be communicated soon.

Travelling from or through some countries requires quarantine upon entrance to Switzerland. The list is maintained by the Swiss government here.

For participants who will attend remotely: We will introduce additional remote registration options (Main Conference only, Monday Events only, and Tuesday Events only) later this week. Wait with your registration until these options become available so that you can select the one that fits your needs best.

Martin Glinz and Samuel Fricker
RE’20 General Co-Chairs

Andrea Zisman and Travis Breaux
RE’20 Program Co Chairs

Daniel Amyot
RE Steering Committee Chair

 


 

Update of 2020-04-08

The situation

Unfortunately, it is rather probable now that the state of the world will not be back to normal by end of August.

The RE’20 Chairs, together with the RE Conference Steering Committee Chair, have discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on RE’20 and which options we have to act. We have particularly considered that the number of active Covid-19 cases in Switzerland has started to shrink, but also that a second wave of Covid-19 might strike in fall or winter.

What we will do

Based on these considerations, we have decided not to postpone RE’20. The conference will be held from August 31 to September 4, 2020 as scheduled.
Depending on the further development of the Covid-19 pandemic, RE’20 will be held either

•  As a hybrid conference: physically in Zurich for those who can travel, and with remote attendance for everybody else;
or
•  As a virtual conference for all participants.

In both cases, the conference and workshop proceedings will be published electronically by the end of August 2020 as scheduled. All submission and notification deadlines will remain as scheduled.

We will continuously monitor how the Covid-19 situation in Switzerland and world-wide is developing and will decide for the hybrid or the virtual option by June 30, 2020. The early registration deadline will be July 20 so that people have enough time to decide about their participation in RE’20. There will be a reduced rate for remote attendance. Authors of accepted papers will have to register at regular rates, independently of whether or not they can attend the conference physically. This is required to cover the cost for organizing the conference and producing the proceedings.

We encourage you to submit to all RE’20 events that still accept submissions:

Stay tuned and take care of you and your loved ones.

Martin Glinz and Samuel Fricker
RE’20 General Co-Chairs

Andrea Zisman and Travis Breaux
RE’20 Program Co Chairs

Daniel Amyot
RE Steering Committee Chair