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Ruhr's IT security conference

Since 2016, RuhrSec is the annual English speaking non-profit IT security conference with cutting-edge security talks by renowned experts. The conference is hosted at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, directly in the heart of Bochum near the river Ruhr. RuhrSec provides academic and industry talks, the typical University feeling, and a highly recommended social event.

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Child Care

We want to enable everyone interested in attending RuhrSec to be able to attend it. Therefore, we offer professional child care for our attendees at both the training and conference venue - free of cost! The child care will be provided in cooperation with the ProKids family service of the Ruhr University Bochum. It will take place in a room at the training/conference venue to ensure you will be close to your child or children at all times. The child care service will provide toys fitting for the age of the registered children.
If you want to register your child or children for the child care service please fill in the information needed for the registration to the registration form (German, English) and sent it to Linda Schwarzl and Karsten Meyer zu Selhausen until the 3rd of April 2020.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us!

In 2020, all profits from the conference ticket income will be donated to a local non-profit organization again. Do you want to recommend one? Contact us!

Please note that everyone attending the conference is required to comply with the following Code of Conduct.

Call for Presentations

In RuhrSec's fifth edition, we have once again a call for presentations - this does not include the trainings. Areas of interest are (but not limited to) Internet/Web Security, Data and Application Security, Network Security, Security in the Internet of Things, and Usable Security.

Please submit your proposal to the RuhrSec program committee until the 13th of January 2020. We have an ongoing acceptance process; your chance is higher if you submit as early as possible. Your talk must have a length of 40 minutes (+5 minutes Q&A) and it has to be in English. Each speaker gets a free two-day conference ticket, an invitation to the speakers' dinner on Wednesday, and a travel reimbursement up to a limit of EUR 1,200 (economy (plus)).

How to increase your chances of being accepted?
When submitting your proposal, please include the preliminary structure of your talk, and (if possible) a first version of your slides. Also, include videos and/or slides of your previous talks. All additional information will help us to evaluate your proposal. Please contact us in case that you have any questions.

Easychair RuhrSec 2020 submission form

The program committee of RuhrSec 2020 consists of:

  • Cornelius Aschermann, Tim Blazytko, Thorsten Eisenhofer, and Moritz Schlögel (Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Christian Mainka, Karsten Meyer zu Selhausen, Marcus Niemietz, and Juraj Somorovsky (Hackmanit)


Trainings (Mercure Hotel Bochum City): Tuesday–Wednesday, 05.-06.05.20


08:00 – 09:00Registration and Biscuits/Coffee
09:00 – 13:00Training
13:00 – 14:00Tuesday/Wednesday: Lunch
14:00 – 18:00Training
19:30 – 22:30Only on Wednesday: Speakers' Dinner

Conference (Ruhr University Bochum): Thurday, 07.05.20

08:00 – 09:00Registration and Biscuits/Coffee
09:00 – 09:15Opening, Marcus Niemietz
09:15 – 10:00Keynote: TBA, TBA
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:15TBA, TBA
11:15 – 12:00TBA, TBA
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:15TBA, TBA
14:15 – 15:00TBA, TBA
15:00 – 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30TBA, TBA
16:30 – 17:15TBA, TBA
17:15 – Open EndSocial Event (incl. Dinner)

Conference (Ruhr University Bochum): Friday, 08.05.20

08:45 – 09:15Biscuits/Coffee
09:15 – 10:00Keynote: TBA, TBA
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:15TBA, TBA
11:15 – 12:00TBA, TBA
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:15TBA, TBA
14:15 – 15:00TBA, TBA
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15TBA, TBA
16:15 – 17:00TBA, TBA
17:00 – 17:15Closing

Talks & Trainings


Training by TBA

Training. TBA

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Course Outline. TBA

What to bring? TBA

Prerequisites. TBA

Who Should Attend? TBA

What to expect? TBA

What not to expect? TBA

About the trainers. TBA


(TBA) – Keynote

Talk. TBA

Abstract. TBA

Twitter: @TBA


(TBA) – Talk

Talk. TBA

Abstract. TBA

Biography. TBA

Twitter: @TBA

Conference location


Address: Mercure Hotel Bochum City, Massenbergstraße 19-21, 44787 Bochum

Google Maps: Link to the hotel

Directions: The trainings will be held at the Mercure Hotel Bochum City (website). The hotel is located close to the main train station "Bochum Hauptbahnhof" (aka. "Bochum Hbf").


Address: Veranstaltungszentrum, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum

Google Maps: Link to the conference building

Directions: RuhrSec will be held at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). The conference location is directly located under the cafeteria/Mensa in our event center ("VZ" or "Veranstaltungszentrum"). You can find parking spaces for your car directly under the conference location (University Center/"Universität Mitte", parking space P9). Otherwise, you can take the subway ("U-Bahn") U35 to the station "Ruhr-Universität". From the station, it is a 5-10 minutes' walk to the conference building.

Flight and Train Information

The closest airport is "Düsseldorf Flughafen" (DUS). From DUS, the shortest and fastest way to get to Bochum is via train. Please take the "Sky Train" from the airport to the train station "Düsseldorf Flughafen". Afterwards, you should take a train to "Bochum Hauptbahnhof" (aka. "Bochum Hbf"). From there we recommend to take a taxi to the conference center (about 10 euro). Otherwise, you can take the subway ("U-Bahn") U35 to the station "Ruhr-Universität". From the station, it is a 5-10 minutes' walk to the conference building.

Please notice:

  • Please pay for the sky train (about 2 euro).
  • To get your train tickets, you can use a ticket machine after the sky train. They allow you to choose English for the UI and you can (often) pay with your credit cards. Please be sure to bring enough cash (euro) with you, because it is possible that the ticket machine does not accept your credit card. The ticket price should be about 2 euro (SkyTrain) and 20 euro (train).
  • Please do not forget to validate your train ticket with one of the stamp machines. Otherwise, it is not valid.

If you want to check when your train will arrive you can use this web page: https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en


We do not offer any hotel room reservation service. From our experience, it is cheaper to use common hotel booking portals instead of booking the rooms directly at the hotel or with a reservation code.

Directly in the heart of Bochum and near the central station, we recommend two hotels:

Ibis has renewed their hotel a few years ago and it is, depending on the view, sufficient to spend a few nights in it. More luxury is given in the Mercure Hotel, which was a Park Inn hotel in the past. Both hotels are not far away from Bochum's famous "Bermuda Dreieck" - with a lot of good bars and German beer.

Social Event


Every participant with a valid conference ticket is invited to be our guest at the social event. Feel free to join us and to talk with other security interested people, including the speakers.



How to get there: TBA

German way description: TBA

Time: After the first conference day (>=17:00 o'clock)