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Don't forget to register!!

Less than a week to our SEFI Annual Conference 2021. 

The conference will feature an array of interesting speakers: 

  • Rodger Hadgraft | University of Technology Sydney
  • Beverly Gibbs | New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering
  • Naomi Winstone | University of Surrey

The conference programme is available here. And the organisers from TU Berlin prepared an innovative online social programme too!


17-19 November 2021 - Unversidad Carlos III, Madrid 

We are delighted to announce that the European Convention for Engineering Deans will take place in person in Madrid. 

The main topic of this year tries to deal with one important issue we should address as Deans of Faculties of Engineering:

    • How to prepare our students to work in a non-defined future, where boundary conditions are continuously changing and multiple stakeholders take part?

    The general objective of the ECED Conventions is to gather Deans from all over Europe to meet and discuss in depth common topics, share experiences, identify solutions for problems and build up a network with peers in different European countries.


    23 September 2021, 11-13:00 CET register here

    Survey of syllabus of engineering courses in higher education in Portugal that tackle Ethics will be presented. Topics, credits and contexts will be summarized and conclusions of the possible impact will be discussed.

    We will discuss ways to introduce sustainability, but more specifically the SDGs, in engineering bachelor studies, and explore its effectiveness in ensuring that graduate have acquired the expected learning outcomes.

    06 October 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 CET register here

    As World Mental Health Day approaches, we invite you to listen and reflect upon some of the issues faced by students who study engineering.

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    Capacity Building initiatives at SEFI2021

    The new SEFI SIG focusing on Capacity Building proposes to all SEFI members who are interested in adapting and strengthening the competencies of trainers in engineering education, to join our first SIG workshop entitled “The pursuit of great engineering courses. Dive into a staff development program and reach the top?”. The workshop will be organized at the SEFI 2021 conference on Monday 13 September 2021 between 3.15 and 4.15 pm.


    Attractiveness of Engineering Education at SEFI2021

    You are welcome to join the Attractiveness SIG meeting where a new agenda for the upcoming years will be discussed. The group has now finished a major Erasmus+ project and will prepare a new one. Your ideas, insights, and contributions are very much appreciated.


    July SEFI Ethics Newsletter - Value-Sensitive Design

    Value-sensitive design (VSD) and other methods of design for value are key in engineering and in engineering ethics education (EEE). They are extremely supportive to increase the ethical contribution of engineers in technological developments. Good insights into these methods therefore is of quintessence importance to EEE.


    A-STEP 2030 Summer School for STEM students

    18, 19, 20 August 2021 - The A-STEP 2030 Erasmus + project culminated in an online Summer School hosting 30 international students in August 2021. The purpose of the Summer School was to present an innovative Learning and Teaching Activity which could support students in developing the skills needed for the future: skills such as collaboration, intercultural skills, teamwork, respecting diversity and challenging the status quo.

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    27 August 2021 - The partners in the A-STEP 2030 Erasmus+ project (Strategic partnership for educational innovation and shared good practices) organised a Webinar on Friday the 27th August 2021 between 10.00-12.00 am (CET) to present the outcomes of their three-year research project in engineering education, which included three Intellectual Outputs and culminated in a Summer School.

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    Last Transnational Meeting of the A-STEP 2030

    The 7th Transnational Project Meeting (TMP7) of the A-STEP 2030 project took place online on the 30th of August 2021. This final meeting was not a retrospective closing meeting, on the contrary, it followed a prospective future oriented agenda. The main objective of the meeting was to find new ideas and objectives to continue to work together after a successful collaboration during the last three years. The project team decided to undertake several dissemination activities (like writing a book or organise a workshop together) as well as to look after financial support to continue the Summer School in the perspectives to set up a new European project in the coming years.



    A letter to SEFI from Sirin Tekinay, SEFI Board of Directors member and Chair of GEDC, about to thank SEFI colleagues and her next career steps overseas.

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    In a recent research examining the critical role of virtual twins in accelerating sustainability, SEFI’s Corporate Partner Dassault Systemes, together with Accenture, analyzed use cases where virtual twins can, or already are, modeling entire value chains as virtual experiences. Cases demonstrated how the technology can unlock combined additional benefits of USD $1.3 Trillion of economic value and 7.5 Gt CO2e emissions reductions between now and 2030. See the full report here: 


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    12 September

    SEFI Doctoral Symposium in Engineering Education Research
    more info

    13-16 September

    SEFI Annual Conference 2021: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?

    Register here

    23 September

    11:00-13:00 CET

    SEFI Ethics Seminar: Engineering ethics education: insights from Spain and Portugal

    Register here

    06 October

    18:00-19:30 CET

    SEFI @ work: The role of mental health for a diverse and inclusive engineering culture

    Register here

    12 October

    16:00-17:30 CET

    SEFI @ work: Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day – an international discussion on young women in engineering and technology education

    Register here

    20 October

    15:00-17:00 CET

    SEFI @ work: Water ethics and responsible engineering

    Register here

    10 November

    14:30-16:30 CET

    SEFI @ work: Worskhop: Participatory tech assessment in engineering education

    Register here

    17-19 November

    European Convention for Engineering Deans 2021

    Register here


    23-24 September 2021 - online. 

    We cordially invite you to participate in this forum organized in cooperation with the Association for Engineering Education of Russia (AEER). Participation is free of charge, but registration is required via registration on the ENAEE website.


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    20-23 September 2021 - TU Dresden, DE. 

    The 2021 GEDC Industry Forum will take place in partnership with the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) and TU Dresden. The core theme of the ICL and IGIP events will be “Mobility for Smart Cities and Regional Development – Challenges for Higher Education”.
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    21-24 September 2021 - The EIEI ACOFI 2021 conference of the Colombian association of Engineering faculties is dedicated to women in engineering and in particular will introduce faculties, schools and engineering programmes, where women have a leading role in engineering and collaborate to achieve their effective link to the productive sector for social development. 

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    15 - 18 November 2021 - hybrid mode - Madrid, ES

    The World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) and Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) announces the launch of the conference website and the call for extended abstracts, for complete papers, workshops, round tables, panels, and special sessions. The conference motto is “Diversity and Ethics in Education for an Inclusive and Sustainable World” and will continue to apply focus on activities around Engineering Education. 

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    Shortly before the summer break, the PPMI consultancy organised on behalf of the European Commission a workshop on the concept, nature and value-added of a European Degree. This workshop opened a series of discussions on the feasibility of the so-called European Degree, as underpinned by the December 2017 and May 2021 Council Conclusions.  


    SEFI thanks its corporate partners for their support:

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