Science, Engineering and Food Science

International Symposium for Engineering Education 2010

Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick, Head of College, SEFS, Dr Edmond Byrne, ISEE2010 and Cathal Gallagher, Bord Gáis launch ISEE2010

This significant international conference will explore the major issues associated with the education of engineers to equip them to lead the transformation of society globally towards a sustainable construct.

UCC will host the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education on 1st - 2nd July 2010: Previous symposia were held at Dublin City University and it is anticipated that the next on will be held at the University of Sheffield in 2012. The theme of the Symposium is “Educating engineers for a changing world – leading transformation from an unsustainable global society” We intend that the Symposium will be a significant international event in the area of engineering education, in particular in making a contribution by progressing a meaningful deliberation on the appropriate relationship between sustainability and professional engineering education through the 21st Century. To this end, we have assembled a very accomplished International Advisory Panel (, who will provide advice and engage in a thorough paper peer review process prior to the Symposium. We intend to host, as part of the welcoming reception on the eve of Wednesday 30th June, the International book launch of a publication entitled: ‘Engineering Education & Sustainable Development ‘A Guide for Rapid Curriculum Renewal’ by Cheryl Desha and Charlie Hargroves, a primer for the rapid integration of sustainability into engineering programmes. This publication will contain contributions from some international 70 experts in the field. Desha and Hargraves are members of an Australian based not-for-profit sustainability think tank ‘The Natural Edge Project’ (, which is located out of Griffith University, Queensland. They have published widely in academic peer reviewed journal on this topic and Desha will provide a keynote speech and a Delegate Workshop during the Symposium aimed at developing module level learning outcome descriptors for sustainability informed modules. We also intend to incorporate a Professional Institutions Forum, whereby we will invite professional engineering institutions (PEI’s), who are responsible for developing programme accreditation guidelines, to present what their conception of the evolution of accreditation guidelines will be, particularly in light of a number of high level sustainability informed initiatives that they have proposed in recent years relating to professional practice. The forum will incorporate a delegate Q&A session, perhaps chaired by an eminent academic in the field. To date, we have garnered the support of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the UK based institution who accredit 60 chemical engineering programmes globally on 5 continents, including our own degree in UCC, and they have agreed to facilitate the travel arrangements of Professor David Shallcross of The University of Melbourne for a keynote paper presentation. Shallcross is editor of the IChemE/EFCE transactions journal Education for Chemical Engineers and is the key member of their accreditation guidelines formulation group. We are also in consultation with a number of other PEI’s including Engineers Ireland. We also have enlisted the support of Bord Gáis as main sponsors, and they will deliver a keynote speech on one of the topics of the Symposium; Industry perspectives on Engineering Education. This is likely to be delivered by their CEO John Mullins, himself a graduate of UCC’s BE in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Category: Conferences: Science Engineering and Food Science
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: Boole Lecture Theatres 1 & 2, University College Cork
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free to Staff and Students of SEFS (excl. Gala Dinner)
Contact: Ms Anne-Marie McSweeney
021 490 2389

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