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Monthly news feed about engineering education in Europe and overseas


1-3 April 2020 - Madrid, Spain. You may now register for the European Convention for Engineering Deans, ECED 2020, that will this year focus on “Shaping engineers for responsible impact”, a topic that constitutes an important issue we should address as Deans of Faculties of Engineering. => Early bird registrations finish on 8 March!


SEFI 2020 Annual Conference: Deadline for abstracts extended! 

21-24 September 2020 - University of Twente, Enschede (NL)

The Call for contributions for the SEFI2020 Annual Conference has been published and the website and the deadline for abstracts has been extended to 15 March!! 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. 


This special issue invites international researchers in the area of online laboratories to come together and display the current status, recent research results and future directions of online laboratory design, development efforts, and scholarly research. A particular focus lies on theoretical reflection and in-depth empirical work on pedagogy and instruction, in the context of online laboratories. Download the PDF call for papers

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Maffioli Award for outstanding engineering teachers

This year again, our SEFI member institutions may nominate teachers or teams of teachers for the Francesco Maffioli Award which is given as recognition of open-minded development of curriculum, learning environments or tools, novel didactics, methods or systems in engineering studies. 

Francesco Maffioli Award criteria and nomination form 2020.

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Last year's winner André Baier


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 Project was successfully finished at the end of 2019 and its closing event on 4th February brought about 120 participants - students, teachers, researchers, industry professionals and educational developers - to Leuven in Belgium. The presenters took us through the development process, stakeholder-specific perspectives and introduced the practical implication final outcome of this project.

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The project has indicated main roles and key competences for early-career engineers; tests for students to find what their own roles could be; and plug-and-play curriculum elements in order to train specific professional skills based on the students test results - this simple model is fully transferable to the contexts of other engineering education institutions and both students and employers find it very beneficial.


The last Transnational Meeting of our EU Erasmus+ strategic partnership project “EBCC” took place in University of Riga (coordinator) on 26-27 February 2020. The meeting brought together representatives from the partner institutions, I. Viksne and S. Puskarjova (TU Riga), F. Côme (SEFI), A. Lanthonty (Supmeca), M. Dunez, A. Fagnani (Plaine Commune) and A. Mihailidis (AUTH).

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The participants discussed in depth the different phases of the two-year project to be ended in April, such as the guidelines and examples for using rapid prototyping to acquire practical skills in product design engineering, the sustainable partnership model among universities, communities and industry in the region and the results of the pilot phase in which the partnership model and the guidelines will be verified by industry and/or community-driven projects. The second day was essentially dedicated to discuss the final report to be sent to the Latvian ERASMUS Agency before April 30 as well as the financial report, and to a visit of the Faculty of Architecture 3D workshop. 

The Project partners also discussed the follow up of the EBCC project, and the possible application for a new project in 2021.We hereby would like to thank all those who participated for the interesting exchanges and especially the TU Riga for the excellent welcome! A paper about the project will be prepared for the SEFI Annual Conference 2020.


A-STEP 2030 - 4th Transnational meeting in Aalborg

19-20 March 2020 - Aalborg (DK). The 4th Transnational Projet Meeting of the A-STEP 2030 Erasmus+ project will take place at Aalborg University. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss sustainable development teaching and learning approaches, and to prepare a new study for mapping sustainable development education in engineering at European level.


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]



IEEE / ITHET International Conference

2-4 November - Side, Turkey. IEEE 19th International Conferences on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training will be orgaanised by the Bogadici University and highlights the special area of Artificial Intelligence and how it empowers education. Read the call for papers


11 February - INP Bordeaux, FR. The annual CTI conference  on the theme “Competency-based approach and pedagogical alignment”. About 500 participants, mostly from Europe and Africa, attended the conference.

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CES EduPack is getting a new name. With the 2020 release, due out in March, GRANTA EduPack will be the new name for the world-leading materials teaching resource. Furthermore, the support for the Materials Education community remains exactly the same. Find out more info and see the upcoming webinars here


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19-20 March

 4th Tansnational Meeting - A-STEP 2030 




16-18 April 2020 - University of Bridgeport.

The conference theme of ‘The Path to Impactful Innovation in 21st Century Engineering Education’ focuses on trends and changing landscape of engineering education. Read Call for Papers

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18 May 2020 - Oslo, Norway. Hosted by Universities Norway, the event focuses on how to develop and implement evaluation approaches to reflect a changing environment where research is becoming openly available, learning and teaching are entering the digital age and knowledge exchange with society.

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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.


EUA is recruiting a Research and Innovation Director


Special Issue: Data Literacy & Computational Thinking in Engineering Education

Manuscripts due: August 31, 2020

This special issue is intended to report high-quality research/empirical scholarship on data literacy and computational thinking as it relates to engineering in higher education settings. This special issue also aims to demonstrate emerging issues in the basic research, applied research and scholarship of learning and teaching practices in engineering education.


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.

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The European University Association invites you to a webinar on the future possibilities for universities in the context of digital innovation and upskilling. The webinar will give examples of European initiatives and funding opportunities to further this agenda as well as the opportunity to ask questions directly.


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    Mathematics as a Service Subject at the Tertiary Level

    - available in SEFI 


    Burkard Alpers

    SEFI 2020

    see this publication

    ERASMUS + 

    Annual Report



    European Commission

    SEFI thanks its corporate partners for their support:

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