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European Convention for Engineering Deans (ECED) 2016 to be held in London


The 8th European Convention of Engineering Deans (ECED 2016) will be held at University College London, Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) at UCL’s Bloomsbury campus in the west-end of London, UK on the 13th-15th April 2016.

ECED is the European networking event of the year for engineering deans organized by CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research) and SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education), that brings together deans to discuss current issues in engineering education and research. ECED represents a unique and important event in the calendar of senior leaders in engineering institutions. The general theme of this 8th convention is “Schools of Engineering at the Forefront - Meeting Challenges of the Engineering Profession”.

On both the operational and strategic levels there are demands on deans to secure and develop university functions and activities. The core function of a university is to deliver educated and skilled graduates to society. Universities also conduct research and graduate PhDs with engineering degrees.
This year's convention will embrace these challenges with a program that offers plentiful opportunities for debate and discussions. At its conclusion, ECED 2016 will aim to agree an agenda - the London Agenda - which lists the most important challenges and opportunities for schools of engineering today. We hope this will help and inspire engineering deans in carrying out their roles as leaders in both education and research whilst contributing to the advancement of engineering institutions in general.

The convention will be organized in three sessions:

  • Session I: Engineering Education: Meeting the Engineering Profession’s needs
  • Session II: Engineering Research and Innovation: Meeting the needs for Sustainable Development
  • Session III: Engineering Schools Adapting to Change: How much, how fast - and in what way?

The program will include time for interactive discussions and exchanges with the speakers and among the participants, through plenary discussions, flipped convention activities and break-out sessions.

Please forward this invitation to all the deans of engineering education and research at your institution and register on the convention website where you will find a preliminary program as well as practical information.

NEW: On Friday 15 April from 14:00-15:30 we organise a free seminar by David Bohmert, CESAER Secretary General: “Challenges and Opportunities in Research Infrastructures for the Engineering Profession; The 2016 Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures with an Outlook on the 2018 Update – and the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures”

The event is open to all interested participants. If you would like to join, please confirm your attendance to lieve.coninx@cesaer.org.

Steering Committee

Prof. Nigel Titchener-Hooker, UCL Dean of Engineering
Prof. Martin Vigild, DTU Senior Vice President, SEFI President
Prof. Karel Luyben, TU Delft Rector Magnificus, CESAER President

ECED 2016 Secretariat
Paula Broome, UCL

Organizing Committee
Prof. John Mitchell, UCL, Vice-Dean, Education
Mrs. Françoise Côme, SEFI Secretary General
Prof. Mads Nygard, NTNU, former VP CESAER
Prof. Luis Manuel Sanchez-Ruiz, UPV, Former Member CESAER Board of Directors
Prof. Mike Murphy, DIT, Chair SEFI Council for Engineering Deans
Mrs. Lieve Coninx, CESAER Liaison Officer


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