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Monthly news feed about engineering education in Europe and overseas

To all SEFI members, volunteers, leaders, and enthusiasts:

I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. May 2020 bring new goals, new achievements, and abundant inspiration into your life! But also, may 2020 be a year in which you find, cherish, and protect a perfect work/life balance.

SEFI looks back on a successful year, filled with engaging and stimulating meetings. Our conference in Budapest, for instance, attracted nearly 400 attendees! Similarly, for 2020, SEFI has many events ready to look forward to. Our next year’s conference will take place at University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, featuring Engaging Engineering Education. As it is together that we ensure a strong and fruitful conference, I invite all of you to send in abstracts! You will find all necessary information on the call for papers.

We also look forward to our annual Dean’s convention, where Engineering Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Deputy Rectors responsible for engineering education will convene to discuss hot topics in Education Management and Policy, focusing on the theme “Shaping Engineers for Responsible Impact”. This convention will be jointly organized by SEFI and “Universidad de Carlos III” and will take place in the city of Madrid, Spain, from 1 to 3 April 2020.

I am convinced our SIGS also have interesting activities lined up! We are proud that the SIG on Ethics successfully organized a workshop in December 2019 in Eindhoven on educational methods, student experiences, and assessing the impact of ethics education. For 2020, the SIG Mathematics is planning a workshop on Mathematical competencies in didactic research, how to assess competencies, and the goal of teaching. This Mathematics workshop will take place in June, in Norway. And the SIG on Engineering Education Research is organizing a first true SEFI Summer School for PhD students in July in Leuven!

2019 was a great year for SEFI, and that is thanks to the outstanding work and motivation of all our members! Together with you, I look forward to a challenging, interesting, and successful 2020!

Yolande Berbers, SEFI President


Submit your abstracts: SEFI 2020 Annual Conference

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2020

21-24 September 2020 - University of Twente, Enschede (NL). The Call for contributions for the SEFI2020 Annual Conference has been published and the website is ready for abstract submissions. The conference is prepared by the Dutch 4TU and our partner University of Applied Sciences Saxion. The conference theme is Engaging Engineering Education, reflected in a variety of themes. The conference will host several formats with opportunities to interact and present. 

For the doctoral symposium on 20 September 2020, check the dedicated call. Partners who want to combine their meeting with the conference are invited to contact the organisation for pre- and post-conference options.


1-3 April 2020 - Madrid, Spain. You may now register for the 2020 European Convention for Engineering Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Deputy Rectors responsible for engineering education. ECED 2020 will be hosted by Universidad Carlos III in Mardrid. It is our pleasure to enclose the Leuven Lesson which comprises the key statements from the discussions we had in Leuven last year.
Registration and all the information about the Convention are available at the ECED 2020 website.


22-25 June 2020 - Leuven (BE). The 2020 SEFI Summer School provides an opportunity for PhD research students engaged in engineering education research (EER) to learn from experts and their peers. See the event website.

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4 February 2020 - Leuven (BE). The PREFER key findings and main outcomes will be highlighted from different perspectives. The PREFER industry partners will provide an insight in the value for HR recruitment, industry 4.0 and lifelong learning. The Student Career Centre and engineering students will share experiences in increasing employability.

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With the support of the A-STEP 2030 project, INGENIUM (the French National Network of EE) organise a symposium entitled "Sustainable Development in Engineering and Engineering Education"mon the 7th of December 2020 at CNAM, Paris. For information you may write to 
[email protected]


In its meeting on 28 January, our Steering Committee agreed to support a series of new projects applications, under ERASMUS + (one Knowledge Alliances, three European University projects, one Capacity building initiative, one Strategic partnership for HE supporting innovation) and under HORIZON 2020 in the context of Gender equality in in science and research. Results of these applications should be known in the summer. We would like to thank all our partners and members projects teams for their efforts in the final steps of these applications and for their outstanding work.


12-13 December 2019 - Eindhoven (NL). SEFI SIG Engineering Ethics Education had its first workshop, under the organization of Gunter Bombaerts (TU Eindhoven). The aim of the event was to explore in a series of workshops some of the challenges faced by engineering ethics educators, to share best practices and brainstorm on future strategies for action. Educators from different countries – ranging from Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, UK and US – got together to work together through these issues, with a strong online participation.



06-08 April 2020 - Sheffield, UK. What is the role of industry in university education? How can academia and industry better work together? The opportunities for teaching, student outcomes, research, knowledge exchange, social impact are all there, but how do we grab them? Understand the challenges, discover solutions and develop your own.


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26-27 February



The Inaugural World Engineering Day Ceremony

4 March 2020 - Paris, France. The inaugural celebration of the World Engineering Day for Sustainable development is hosted by UNESCO in close collaboration with WFEO.This full day of conference will be composed of sessions, panel discussions, keynote lectures and presentations aimed at highlighting the role of the engineers on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SEFI officially supports the World Engineering Day initiative.

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8 July 2020 - Niagara-on-the-lake, Canada. The title of this year's forum is Engineering with Impact: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Experts and Leaders. The event will tackle topics such as embedding sustainability, rebuilding trust in technology, socially conscious engineering and ethics, open innovation and diversity. Register here.

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition 2020

21-24 June 2020 - Montreal, Canada. ASEE is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as. The conference features more than 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education.

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IACEE 2020 World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education

26-29 May 2020 - Trondheim, Norway. The IACEE 17th World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 26-29 May 2020 in Trondheim, Norway.Visit this site for updates on IACEE 2020. Register at an early bird rate until 31 March.


16-20 November 2020 - Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the Conference is Disruptive Engineering Education amidst Global Challenges. Meeting in Africa, we are well placed to consider how we should be educating engineers who can address the challenges and opportunities of extreme climate change, globalisation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; engineers who will develop sustainable technologies for inclusive societies.



2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport. The expected budget of over €3 billion, an increase of 12% compared to 2019, will provide even more opportunities for young Europeans to study, train or gain professional experience abroad.


    This action contributes to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries and should ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity. Deadline: 5 Feb 2020

      HORIZON 2020

      A call for project proposals, addressing Europe’s societal challenge in a changing world, across 24 different topics is open for application as of 5 November 2019 until 12 March 2020. It makes available €178.00 million in total for projects working on migration, socio-economic and cultural transformations stemming from the fourth industrial revolution, and governance for the future.


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        SEFI 2019 Proceedings

        see this publication

        The Leuven Lesson

        - Crossing Borders


        SEFI Deans Convention Paper

        SEFI thanks its corporate partners for their support:

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