Selection Process

All papers submitted are treated the same. Our online review system allows you to log on whenever you can to contribute and review submitted abstracts. All the abstracts are anonymous and if you read one that isn't you can flag it to let us know, so we can amend it. All you have to do is read the abstract and grade using the traffic light system below:

  • Green - I need to hear this talk!
  • Orange - Has potential, but I’m not completely sold.
  • Red - No, I’m not interested in this.

You can also enter additional feedback that helps us with the selection process. We also pass your feedback to the author to help them improve their abstract submissions.

We'll then use your feedback to help us create a shortlist of papers for the programme, which we then scrutinise and debate over until we have the final lineup.


It would be irresponsible to the community for us to not factor diversity into a software testing conference programme, the last thing anyone wants to see is a lineup of white middle-aged men.

Unlike some organisations, diversity is not a synonym for race or gender, it’s bigger than that for us. We look at the person behind the submission. Is the person from an underrepresented group? This could factor in characteristics such as gender, race, age, disability, or even a person’s location, or maybe it’s someone with little to no speaking experience but a lot of ambition! We look to give people opportunities.

We believe a good conference programme needs a balance of current topics covering all important aspects of software testing from a range of voices. It is imperative to us that new and underrepresented voices get heard.


If your abstract is successful you'll get an email from us stating so and requesting some additional information as well as stating the terms of acceptance. We'll also allow you to make amendments to your abstract. 

If your abstract is unsuccessful you'll be notified via email. You'll be asked if you'd like feedback on your abstract which we aim to get to you within six weeks as well as the option to remove your abstract from future consideration.

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