The online SEFI 2020 Annual Conference attracted 365 attendees from all over the world. They could enjoy 4 keynote sessions and numerous parallel sessions in various interactive formats. Furthermore, they engaged in online debates and participated in informal gatherings such as ‘morning yoga at your desktop’ sessions.
Two keynotes from this year’s event are now available for all:
• Celebrating and rewarding teaching: global collaborations for change by Ruth Graham
• Escaping Reality: The Value of A in Augmented Reality by Pierre Dillenbourg
Five PhD students wrote blogs, in which they reflect on the successful doctoral symposium and all the keynotes.
We would like to sincerely thank the organisers from Twente University for their flexibility, creativity during the months of preparing the conference and the absolutely smooth 5-day-event that followed.
Dr Ruth Graham received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, the highest distinction SEFI can bestow, for her outstanding contribution to engineering education.She was nominated by the SEFI Board of Directors and received this award from Jan van der Veen, the conference chair, and Yolande Berbers, the SEFI president, at the occasion of the SEFI 2020 Annual Conference.
This year, SEFI awarded the Fellowship to one extraordinary member, Martin Echtells Vigild, SEFI President between 2015 and 2017, former Senior Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs at Technical University of Denmark, and currently, chief advisor to the Danish Government at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
The School of Civil and Structural Engineering at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has won the Francesco Maffioli Award of Excellence for its Creative Design Studio Framework and its extraordinary contribution to engineering education. SEFI established this Award in honour of its former President Prof. Francesco Maffioli of the Politecnico di Milano.
=> At the photo – Una Beagon demonstrating the stability of a timber structure produced at a Creative Design Studio.
SEFI GENERAL ASSEMBLY
New Vicepresident, SEFI Board of Directors members and Treasurer
The SEFI General Assembly elected the following new members of the SEFI leadership:
Vice President 2020-22
Balazs Vince Nagy
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
We would like to sincerely thank the Board members whose mandate has just finished for their work in the past years:
Aniko Kalman (Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Tinne De Laet (KU Leuven), Xavier Fouger (Dassault Systemes), Marc Fry (Ansys Granta), Robin Clark (Warwick University), Carlos Rioja del Rio (University of Cadiz) and Carlo Noé (LIUC - Università Cattaneo).
The editorial team of the European Journal for Engineering Education, the official journal of SEFI, is seeking one ore more associate editors. An Associate Editor is expected to manage the review process for up to 12 manuscripts per year. This includes recruiting and communicating with reviewers and preparing proposals for decisions about manuscripts.
Due to the current crisis in context with COVID-19, many institutions around the globe make first-hand experiences with online education and online experimentation just now. This situation is a tremendous challenge for all of us. However, it is also a chance for innovation and research. We invite you to send the extended abstracts (800-1000 words) by 31 October 2020.
Representatives from the A-STEP 2030 project joined the GEDC-Industry Forum community to present results from the project and to hear experiences, perspectives and expectations from the next generation of students and recent graduates.
28 Sept - 1 Oct 2020. The 2020 online GEDC Industry Forum was dedicated to Developing the next generation of engineering innovators, experts and leaders. Read further an article written by Prof Anne-Marie Jolly on the details of this event!
Disruptive Engineering Education amidst Global Challenges
16-19 November 2020. Professors, academics, engineering educators, industry leaders, researchers, students and governmental organizations to attend the World Engineering Education Forum and the Global Engineering Deans Council (WEEF/GEDC) Virtual Conference. Registrations are now open here.
CALL FOR PAPERS
LACCEI 2021 - The OAS Summit of Engineering for the Americas
21-23 July 2021 - Buenos Aires. Paper submissions will open on 15 October for the next year's LACCEI. The topic tis time is Prospective and trends in technology and skills for sustainable social development; Leveraging emerging technologies to construct the future. The deadline for full papers is 1 February 2021.
On 9 September, the EU ambassadors agreed within the Budget Committee on the Council's position on the 2021 draft EU budget. In total, the Council's position for next year's budget amounts to EUR 162.9 billion in commitments and EUR 164.8 billion in payments.
In the field of education and training, the Council’s position of 9 September is foreseeing a total of EUR 2.44 billion in budgetary commitments for the Erasmus+ programme in 2021.
In the field of research and innovation, Horizon Europe could get EUR 11.5 billion, less than the European Commission’s June proposal, which had EUR 12.3 billion for the R&D programme.