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Monthly news feed about engineering education in Europe and overseas


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 early bird registrations end on 17 October, afterwards you will be able to register with a regular fee.

    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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    an international discussion on young women in engineering and technology education

    12 October 2021, 16-17:30 CET register here
    In spite of continuous efforts to promote engineering and technology degrees and careers to young women, it remains a male-dominated field in Europe. In OECD countries, fewer than 1 in 3 engineering graduates are female. This low participation of girls and young women in engineering and technology education is likely because of stereotypes and expectations, rather than ability and performance differences in math and physics. For this session we invited colleagues from Brazil, Sweden and the UK to discuss and explore ways to motivate young women to pursue engineering and technology education.

    20 October 2021, 15:00 – 17:30 CET register here

    In our SEFI seminar dedicated to water and responsible engineering, experts and activists explore the ethical dimension of water for engineering and offer examples of how such considerations can be integrated in engineering education.


    SEFI 2021 Keynote presentations are now online

    Lasting Impact in Turbulent Times - Beverley Gibbs, New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering

    The Engineer of 2035 – What changes in Engineering Education are required? - Rodger Hadgraft, University of Technology Sydney

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    Günter Heitmann was nominated as the 2021 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal and final winner of such award. His nomination stood on the grounds of the fact that Günter has cared for engineering education for more than 50 years, starting in the Sixties of the last century as a student member in the German Commission for Engineering Education. Continue reading. 

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    SEFI Fellows 2021

    This year’s SEFI fellowship was awarded to two exceptional members of our community:

    Xavier Fouger from Dassault Systemes. Xavier is a true global leader for engineering education and he has contributed to bringing the engineering education societies together internationally and not least across the boundaries between academia and the private sector. He plays a remarkable and significant role in changing engineering education.

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    Prof Sheryl Sorby has actively participated in the development of engineering education and shown true leadership: as a pioneering engineering education researcher, as a consistent, visible and effective advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion, as a leader in engineering education, and as a friend and colleague for so many of us in the SEFI community.

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    Gunter Bombaerts, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) at the University of Technology TU/e, received the SEFI Francesco Maffioli Award of Excellence for Developing Learning and Teaching in Engineering Education in 2021.

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    During the SEFI 2021 Annual Conference, four different awards were offered to four different papers. Click the link to please find the winners of the different categories. Thank you for participating and, congratulations! Continue reading. 

    All the best papers will be presented at a [email protected] online event on 7 December 2021. You can already register here for this session. 

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    In this session, participants shared their thought on what worked and what didn’t work in the SEFI 2021 conference based on five trigger themes: Preparation, Interaction, Integration, Timing, and Self-Discipline. Although the session had fewer participants then we were hoping for, there was still a fruitful discussion about what aspects of an Online Conference should be retained utilizing the principals of Blended Learning. 

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    The SEFI General Assembly elected the following new members of the SEFI leadership:

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    President 2021-2023

    Prof. Hannu-Matti Järvinen

    Tampere University

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    Vice-President 2021-2023

    Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz

    Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)

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    Board member 2021-2024

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning J. Meyer

    Technische Universität Berlin

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    Board member 2021-2024

    Mr. Damien Owens

    Engineers Ireland

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      Board member 2021-2024

      Mr Alex Tarchini


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      Board member 2021-2024

      Prof. Emanuella Tilley

      University College London

      We would like to sincerely thank the Board members whose mandate has just finished for their work in the past years: John Mitchell, Sirin Tekinay, Manfred Hampe and Gillian Saunders-Smits. Furthermore we would like to thank the outgoing president, Yolande Berbers, for her leadership in the past two years. 


      The complete list of SEFI Board Members is available at the SEFI website.


      The department of Social and Human Sciences (SHS) at the ENSTA Bretagne is seeking candidates for a tenure-track position. Candidates will possess a Ph.D. degree in social science field (Education Science, English, American Studies, Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Management). 

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      9 November 2021 1-2 pm CET- online. 

      Are you teaching students or developing curricula in Chemistry, Engineering, BioTech or related fields? Are you wondering about the most relevant skills and how to teach them? This webinar will provide some answers and insights from an industry perspective. Free registration here.


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      SEFI CALENDAR 2021

      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

      16 November

      13:00-15:00 CET

      [email protected]: Engineering Skills Session 1: “Engineering skill sets across Europe”

      Register here

      17-19 November

      European Convention for Engineering Deans 2021

      Register here

      7 December

      [email protected]: SEFI 2021 Best Paper Awards

      Register here


      6 October 2021 13:30 - 15:00 CET

      The global engineering education sector is at a turning point. Dr Ruth Graham, Higher Education Consultant, will outline the changing landscape of engineering education, highlighting some examples of best practice from across the world: Why are these changes happening right now? Who are the current and emerging leaders in the field and what changes are they making? Connect here

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      The Embassy of Good Science has a call for scenarios to expand the existing collecting and encourage community ownership. Complete submissions will be published on the Embassy website and candidates will receive a certificate for participation. The top two submissions will receive a cash prize to the value of €500 and will be offered the chance to present their scenario during the final conference of the Horizon 2020 project EnTIRE. The cases will be assessed by a panel of experts, composed of Mohammad Hosseini, Bert Gordijn, Ružica Tokalić, Kris Dierickx, Samuel Bruton and SEFI Ethics SIG’s Diana Adela Martin.


      6-10 June 2022 13:30 - New York


      International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) is an international, non-profit and non-governmental organization. The aim of IACEE is to support and enhance lifelong engineering education and training worldwide, with special emphasis to address the needs of the developing countries. More info and registration

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      On 23 July, the European Commission released the long-awaited annotated grant agreement, which provides guidance to Horizon Europe applicants. While the first calls under the programme opened at the end of June, after the release of the work programme 2021-2022, the guidance was still missing. This created uncertainties for future beneficiaries notably with regard to the changes introduced in the rules for participation.

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      Pathways to the future

      Thomas Ekman Jørgensen, Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik

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      SEFI thanks its corporate partners for their support:

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