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Universidad Carlos III – Madrid – 17-19 November 2021 – The first in-person event of SEFI was the European Convention of Engineering Deans. Although online participation was also possible, most attendees travelled to Madrid not to miss the opportunity to meet up with peer and discuss How to prepare their students to work in a non-defined future, where boundary conditions are continuously changing and multiple stakeholders take part.

An array of speakers and diverse topics were carefully curated by those in charge of organisation: Daniel Segovia and Elisa Ruiz from UC3M and Gerhard Mueller and Luis Sanchez from SEFI.

The keynotes were delivered by Helmut Schönberger, VicePresident – TU Munich, Ramiro Jordan, University of New Mexico, IFEES; Mariola Penadés, UCH-CEU, Johns Hopkins University; and Carlos Ripoll, Head of institutional Projects, UPV.

The selected topics reflected the very important challenges of (not only) engineering education. University alliances and mergers – on how to best take advantage of cooperations and how we should evaluate this. Then we discussed Transdisciplinarity and how to include non-engineering disciplines, including the input of economic, social or legal, environmental in the engineering education. The final topic was dedicated to the broad contextual challenges and future engineers’ role in drafting policies.

The 40 participants onsite could once again appreciate the benefits of the face-to-face networking event, while the online participants from Europe and overseas could attend the presentations live and interact in the breakout sessions.

We would like to thank the organisers for their fexibility and patience during the 2 years of preparations, for this Deans Convention. The next SEFI Deans Convention will take place at Twente University in 2023.


We are delighted to announce that SEFI 2021 Annual Conference proceedings have been published. Almost 1600 pages of latest research in engineering education! The ISBN reference is 978-2-87352-023-6. You can download the proceedings here.

SEFI 2021 Best Paper Awards - paper presentations

7 December 2021, 12:30 – 14:30 CET register here

It is a pleasure to offer you a [email protected] session where you can meet the “best papers” of SEFI 2021. In the seminar you will get familiar with the latest research and development within Engineering Education. Additionally, you can discuss the papers with the authors and other attendees, which is an excellent opportunity to network within the friendly SEFI community.

10 December 2021, 12-13:00 CET register here

What is the contemporary engineering skill set and are we ready to teach it? Results from the 2021 SEFI Engineering skills survey completed by SEFI members at this year's conference, plus guest speakers from the UK, Italy and Germany, and opportunity for discussion. Hosted at the newly opened school of engineering building at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

15 December 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 CET register here

The seminar will bring to the forefront the question of what it means to teach engineering ethics in a global manner and share perspectives on the teaching of ethics from diverse cultural contexts. Speakers will explore issues ranging from the impact of a dominant culture that is manifest in engineering ethics education to examples on how to broaden the teaching of ethics in a culturally inclusive manner.

20 January 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 CET register here

SEFI acknowledges the importance of bringing to the attention of engineering students themes related to sustainable development. The seminar explores innovative approaches to implementing and teaching sustainability in the engineering curriculum.

11-13 May 2022 - Tampere

The conference is organized by Tampere University of Applied Sciences and the Special Interest Group of Physics of the SEFI organization. The SIG of Physics establishes permanent contacts between physicists in higher education and physicists in industry. The PTEE2022 provides a forum to exchange research and experiences on physics teaching. Register here

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CALL FOR ORGANISERS - SEFI 2024 Annual Conference

SEFI Institutional members are invited to send a candidature to organise the SEFI 2024 Annual Conference. Letter of intent needs to be signed by the rector or president of the submitting institution and sent to SEFI office until 31 March 2022. For further information you may contact the SEFI HQ and refer to the SEFI Annual Conference Handbook.


Our latest webinar recordings are available on YouTube


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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25 January 2022 - online. 

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning (CEL) is launching the second run of its MOOC on Multidisciplinary Research Methods for Engineers on edX. More information and registration here.
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24 January 2022 9-19:00 CET -  Paris. 

In order to prepare the 2022 French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Conference of Deans of French Schools of Engineering (CDEFI) will hold a European convention about "Being an engineer tomorrow in Europe". More information here.
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7 December

12:30-14:30 CET

[email protected]: SEFI 2021 Best Paper Awards

Register here

10 December

12:00-13:00 CET

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

Register here

10 December


IACEE 2022 - Call for abstracts

More information

15 December

16:00-18:00 CET

[email protected]: Global perspectives for engineering ethics education
Register here

20 January 2022

15:00-17:00 CET

[email protected]: Engineering education for sustainability
Register here


5-8 December 2021, Perth, WA - REES AAEE 2021 is the first joint REES AAEE Conference. It will be the 32nd Annual AAEE Conference, and the second AAEE Conference in Western Australia. We welcome papers and workshops on all topics in the field of engineering education, especially those aligned with the theme, ‘Engineering Education Research Capability Development’. Register here.

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18-19 November 2021 - The Forum, entitled “Building trust and enhancement: from information to evidence”, will combine online sessions about European policies and trends, research, and practical case examples related to the Forum theme and more generally about current developments in quality assurance. More info and registration.

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17 - 18 February 2022 - University of Deusto | Bilbao, Spain - The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities. The Forum is an ideal event for vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomes students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education. More info and registration.



On 8 November, the European Commission published the Erasmus+ work programme for 2022, with the overall budget of EUR 3.895 billion. This number does not account for the latest increase of EUR 35 million negotiated by the European Parliament. Following the adoption of the 2022 annual work programme, the Commission launched on 24 November the calls for proposals under Erasmus+ call for 2022. In addition to the general call, the annual work programme also includes other actions to be launched separately, such as the European Universities initiative.


The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the European Commission, have reached an informal political agreement on the EU budget for 2022, the second under the 2021-2027 EU multiannual financial framework. The agreement is for commitments of €169.5 billion, and payments of €170.6 billion.

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Next Steps for Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward Together

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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The impact of Covid-19 on European higher education

Michael Gaebel, Henriette Stoeber

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Scenarios for the integration of Virtual Exchange in Higher Education

Ana Beaven, Sara Pittarello, Casper van der Heijden

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SEFI 2021 Conference proceedings

Blended Learning in

Engineering Education:

challenging, enlightening – and lasting?

SEFI thanks its corporate partners for their support:

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