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10th European Convention for Engineering Deans, Directors and Department Heads - A University Leadership Dialogue



Register now for the European Convention of Engineering Deans, co-organised by SEFI and CESAER and hosted by NTNU Trondheim (NO) from 27th to 29th May 2018.  The premier European meeting place for leaders in higher engineering education institutions will focus on Digitalization and Diversity in the following three sessions:

Opening Session: “Preparations for Debating the Following Questions”

Session I: Major Theme – Digitalization – General Issues

  • Is digitalization a condition of society to cope with - or an option for shaping our future society?
  • Are our mindset, our attitude and our disciplinary structures at universities suited to proactively steer the current dynamic technical innovations and related societal changes?
  • How to stay innovative in the future digitalized world?

Session II: Major Theme – Digitalization – Models, Concepts, Markets

  • How do we stimulate necessary models for the mutation into the digitalized world?
  • How do we mutate our educational and research concepts into the digitalized world?
  • How to develop future products - how to listen to demands - how to reshape markets?

Session III: Minor Theme – Diversity – Including Gender

  • How good are we at diversifying and obtaining new results or finding new ways of doing things in academia – and benefitting from diversity in an intended way?
  • How can we achieve our full potential, given the fact that we have too small a representation of the female gender amongst our staff, faculty, and students?
  • How can we turn diversity away from being a complication and rather focus on what it can give us in potential outcomes, results or products that we could not have obtained without diversity?

Closing Session: “Towards a Trondheim Trends Declaration”

We intend to support an ongoing leadership dialogue to explore the issues raised since the ECED 2015 at UP Valencia. Together we can find and discuss answers. We believe that much value is generated in the interaction between deans, directors and department heads, who seek the best answers with respect to the context and situation of their individual institutions. We will use ECED-ULD 2018 at NTNU Trondheim to continue to advance this dialogue. We welcome your participation and contribution.

The 2018 programme will run from Sunday, 27 May 2018 to Tuesday 29 May 2018 and will include interactive discussions and exchanges with the speakers and among the participants, through plenary discussions, panels, flipped convention activities and break-out sessions.

Registration for the convention will be open mid-March 2018 on the convention website where you will find a preliminary programme as well as practical information.


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