The EuroSTAR programme is created by the community, for the community. EuroSTAR 2024 will be in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm! We are delighted to present our 2024 Programme Committee led by Michael Bolton.
The Committee’s job is to help build a programme that we can all be proud of — one that delivers the best content we can find from around the world.
EuroSTAR 2024 Programme Chair
Michael has 30+ years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For 20+ years he has led DevelopSense consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corp, where he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams in-house and around the world.
In 2006, he became co-author of Rapid Software Testing (RST), a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.
Meet our Programme Committee
Michael has announced the members of the EuroSTAR 2024 Programme Committee: Ru Cindrea, Bas Dijkstra, Baldvin Gislason Bern, and Tanja Vos. They represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
Tanja has a long career observing and analyzing testing work from a scholarly perspective. Ru has been in the field, providing testing services to clients and teaching testing skills in live and virtual classroom setting. Bas is focused on helping people to apply tools pragmatically, both as a consultant and as developer. Baldvin brings a wealth of experience in testing and test management, and a fascination with the social sciences that has led to many enjoyable conversations.
This is the team that will be curating an exceptional programme for EuroSTAR 2024, ensuring a comprehensive range of topics, fresh insights, and engaging discussions in Stockholm next June.
Whether you have groundbreaking research to share, real-world case studies to present, or best practices to impart, we welcome your submissions. This is an opportunity to inspire and educate a vibrant audience of fellow testing enthusiasts, industry leaders, and learners eager to explore the latest trends and methodologies.
More about our 2024 Programme Committee
Ru Cindrea – Finland
Ru is a senior test consultant at Altom. With over 20 years of experience, she believes all testing is exploratory and applies this mindset to complex testing challenges and when building test automation frameworks. Her focus has mostly been on testing mobile applications and embedded systems, as well as on automating game testing, where she is one of the main developers of the open source AltTester tool. She has been a BBST instructor for over 10 years and she has been working on developing the BBST materials and practical assignments that draw from her past project experiences.
Bas Dijkstra – The Netherlands
Bas is an independent test automation consultant and trainer. He has been working in the software testing and automation field for some 17 years now, and have worked on automation solutions across a range of programming languages, frameworks and technology stacks. I’m also an active trainer and coach for people and teams looking to improve their automation skills and efforts. Bas lives in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, together with his wife and two sons. When he is not at work, he likes to go outside for a long bike ride, or to sit down and read a good book.
Baldvin Gislason Bern – Sweden
Baldvin Gislason Bern lives in Lund, Sweden, where he works for Axis Communications as a testing expert, focusing mainly on large scale testing and cybersecurity. Baldvin has worked extensively on API testing and test automation, but is also passionate about the human side of software development. Combining that with his interest in industry-academia collaboration, Baldvin has co-authored research papers on cognitive and psychological distances between teams as well as the use of boundary objects to shorten these distances. Baldvin’s latest pet project is automating information flow and the testing of information.
Tanja Vos – Spain
Tanja is a professor at the Open University (Netherlands) and an associate professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). For over 20 years she has been teaching and researching in the area of software testing. She has worked with many companies on automated testing projects in an industrial setting. She has successfully coordinated EU-funded projects (FITTEST, EvoTest) related to software testing and has been involved in various Erasmus and Leonardo initiatives that try to help business understand academia and vice versa. She started the Software Testing Innovation Alliance in Spain and is now involved in the European Alliance. She is part of the Dutch consortium of the ITEA TESTOMAT and IVVES projects researching and developing the next level of test automation including AI.
Each year, members of the testing community that give their time, knowledge and experience to review the hundreds of EuroSTAR talk submissions. Each reviewer takes a manageable fraction of the total submissions and this helps our Programme Team create the EuroSTAR programme with the most relevant topics each year.
If you are interested in joining our panel of reviewers for 2024 please contact our Programme Manager, Siobhán, via email.
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