UCL Centre for Engineering Education


ISEE 2018: The 7th International Symposium of Engineering Education

17 July 2018–18 July 2018, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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UCL Centre for Engineering Education


UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, London, UK

A Connected Engineering Curriculum – Learning Through Enquiry and Practice

Engineers increasingly find themselves tasked to envision, invent, and construct creative solutions to Grand Challenges. Over the years, insightful solutions have required ever more creativity and greater integration of interdisciplinary ideas.

While established fundamentals still form the invariant foundation for engineering practice, the Engineer of Tomorrow will certainly require a different perspective than engineers in the past. How can universities support today’s aspiring engineers in preparation for the uncertain challenges they will be facing tomorrow?

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A favoured approach is immersing the student experience with engineering fundamentals applied to interdisciplinary practice which directly address the world’s Grand Challenges. This approach enables students to learn through active discovery, via classic enquiry and coupled practice, and to discover how engineering concepts apply practically in complex, linked, interdisciplinary settings or scenarios.

Engineering scenarios prepared in this framework expose students to the greater context and implications of engineering decisions in a social responsibility, and broader community, context. This connected approach fosters a cross disciplinary creative perspective, required to enable insightful engineering advances that deliver lasting social impact, as will be required in solving the uncertain challenges of tomorrow.

With a desire to create a Connected Engineering Curriculum, the major themes for ISEE 2018 are:

  •  Connecting students with practitioners throughout their learning journey
  •  Building a through-line of enquiry activities into, and through, the programme
  •  Bridging student interaction across subjects, perspectives, and global regions
  •  Linking student academic learning with in-practice workplace education
  •  Assessing engineering specific deliverables directed at the pertinent corresponding audience
  •  Unifying the student experience across cohorts, programme progression, and graduate alumni

Contributions addressing one, or more, of these themes are invited.

When submitting your abstract, please state which main theme you feel your contribution falls under as sessions will be organised with this in mind.

Programme outline

DAY 1 – 17th July

09:30 – Registration Opens
10:00 – Conference Start – Opening Remarks: Prof. Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL
10:15 – Plenary 1 – Prof. Dilly Fung, Arena Centre for Research-Based Education, UCL
11:00 – Coffee Break
11:30 – Parallel Sessions 1
12:30 – Lunch
13:15 – Plenary 2 – To Be Announced
14:00 – Parallel Sessions 2
15:30 – Coffee Break
16:00 – Poster Session
17:00 – Close Day 1
19:00 – Conference Dinner – HMS Belfast

DAY 2 – 18th July

09:00 – Plenary 3 – Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Education, Royal Academy of Engineering
09:45 – Parallel Sessions 3
11:00 – Coffee Break
11:30 – Parallel Sessions 4
12:30 – Lunch
13:15 – Plenary 4 – Emanuela Tilly, Director, Integrated Engineering Programme, UCL
14:00 – Parallel Sessions 5
15:00 – Coffee Break
15:30 – Parallel Sessions 6
16:30 – Closing Remarks and Best Poster Award
17:00 – Conference Close

Keynote speakers

Professor Dilly Fung
Pro-Director for Education Designate, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Rhys Morgan
Director of Education, Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Emanuela Tilley
Director, Integrated Engineering Programme, University College London

Key dates

13 April – Abstract Submission Deadline

23 April – Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts

21 May – Full Paper Submission

21 May – Early Bird Registration Deadline

 4 June – Notification of Acceptance of Full Papers

22 June – Submission of Final Full Papers

13 July – Final Registration

17/18 July – Conference

Call for Abstracts

Contributions addressing one, or more, of the themes listed above are invited.

Abstracts may be submit via the online submission form here, and are limited to a maximum length of 250 words.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 13th of April, 2018.

Submitting authors will receive notification on the acceptance of their abstracts on or before the 23rd of April, 2018.

Submission of Full Paper

Papers must be prepared using the template provided here, and conform to the standards specified therein: 

Submission of papers may be completed via the the online submission form here.

Submitted papers must not exceed the maximum specified length of 8 pages.

The deadline for submission of the full paper is the 21st of May, 2018.


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Organising committee

Prof Eva Sorensen, Chemical Engineering, University College London (chair)

Prof Dermot Brabazon, School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University

Dr Plato Kapranos, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Sheffield

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan, School of Engineering & Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London

Justin Siefker, Engineering Sciences, University College London

Conference Secretariat: Paula Broome, University College London (p.broome@ucl.ac.uk)


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HotelPrice per nightAddressPhoneWalk to UCL 
County Hotel, Imperial London Hotels (3 star)£52-66Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0JW

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10 min
Tavistock Hotel, Imperial London Hotels (3 star)£81-107Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU

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Travelodge London Central Euston£92-1221-11 Grafton Place, London NW1 1DJ+44-871-984-63328 min
Euston Square Hotel (3 star)£122-176152-156 North Gower Street, London NW1 2LU+44-20-7388-00996 min
Premier Inn London Euston£127-1451 Dukes Road, London WC1H 9PJ+44-871-527-86568 min
ibis London Euston St Pancras (3 star)£103-1223 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW+44-20-7388-77777 min
Thistle Euston, Thistle Hotels (4 star)£138-182Cardington Street, Euston, London NW1 2LP

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