Call for Submissions


Varietas delectat… Complexity is the new normality

Industry 4.0 and Diversity in Engineering Education

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Creation is not finished! Roles and expectations for universities keep on changing in the 21st century whilst the mission of science, engineering and higher education remains substantial. Stakeholders expect academia to better promote innovation, reform the knowledge economy, and manage vastly altered student populations.

Turbulence, interdependency and complexity characterize the operating environment which is also influenced by socio-cultural-economic, structural and political challenges. Freedom, openness and creativity determine the digital economy. Open content and free access to knowledge help keeping collaborative creativity sustainable. New generation of learning technologies and networks are ubiquitous and mobile which reshape access to and delivery of learning. Cutting edge fields are artificial intelligence, learning self-analytics, adaptive learning, new credentialing, peer learning, user generated content, revolution of assessment.

The themes for the 47th annual conference of SEFI are from but not limited to the followings:       

  • Diversity in Engineering Education?
  • Fundaments of engineering education: mathematics and physics
  • Gender, inclusion and ethics
  • How to detect and attract talents with new generations of learning technologies and networks?
  • Impacts of demographics in tertiary education
  • Integrated learning environments for the digital native learners
  • Lifelong learning
  • Network Capital
  • New Complexity quest in engineering sciences
  • New notions of interdisciplinarity in engineering education
  • Open and online teaching and learning
  • Strong demand for democratic involvement in educational processes
  • Sustainability reflecting the complexity of modern society
  • Talent management
  • 4th Industrial Revolution 


Submission types

Authors can submit an abstract until 5 March 19 March. Authors of accepted abstracts will be able to submit a full paper until 30 April.

Concept paper (abstract length: max 250 words)
Authors present ongoing projects and completed studies of practice in Engineering Education.

Research paper (abstract length: max 250 words)
Authors present original studies by following the standard practices for Engineering Education Research.

Workshop (abstract length: max 500 words)
Authors introduce a learning experience for the participants while ensuring active participation to the conference session.

Session formats

For the full papers, authors will be able to choose how they would like to present their contribution:

• Hands-on / Mind-on activity
• Oral presentation
• Poster pitch and presentation


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Call for Abstracts for Doctoral Symposium in Engineering Education

Please note that the deadline has been extended and you can still apply for participation. See important dates below.

The 3rd Doctoral Symposium in Engineering Education offers an opportunity for PhD candidates to explore and develop research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a number of well-known senior scholars within the Engineering Education Research (EER) field. During the Doctoral Symposium, the participants will share their current dissertation work with others and exchange feedback. 

To this event, we now invite doctoral students in Engineering Education Research. Ideally the participants have an active PhD research plan, so they can benefit from participating in the workshop.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for doctoral students to:

  • meet other students and supervisors to extend their network and view of the EER field,
  • present and discuss their own work and the work of others,
  • get perspectives from scholars outside their own institution,
  • contribute to the conference and the SEFI EER community with other participants, and
  • promote collaborative research and elaborate future research directions.

The Doctoral Symposium takes place on Sunday September 15, 2019, as a pre-conference event of the SEFI 2019 conference in Budapest. All participants must also be registered to the SEFI 2019 Annual Conference. For PhD students who are accepted as participants in the Doctoral Symposium, check the conference fees at:

Doctoral Symposium Deadlines

30 May 2019

Submission of extended abstract covering the central aspects of the PhD work (2-3 pages).

Use this template to prepare your abstract and send it to

20 June 2019

Notification of final acceptance

17 July 2019

Early bird registration for the SEFI conference

15 Sept 2019

Doctoral Symposium at SEFI 2019, Budapest

The Doctoral Symposium is organised and chaired by

  • Jonte Bernhard, Professor, Linköping University, Former Chair of the SEFI WG Engineering Education Research and Deputy Editor of the European Journal for Engineering Education,
  • Kristina Edström, Associate Professor, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal for Engineering Education, and
  • Tinne De Laet, Associate Professor, KU Leuven, Chair of the SEFI WG Engineering Education Research and member of the SEFI Board of Directors.

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