Workshops

EESD2021 workshops will be held around key EESD themes

Workshop #1

Revisiting the Barcelona Declaration an update for the 20’s?

Facilitators:
Prof. Richard Fenner and Dr David Morgan
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

Workshop Description:

Building on their EESD2020 conference paper ‘The Barcelona Declaration revisited: core themes and new challenges’, Fenner and Morgan seek to work with EESD2020 delegates in asking the question; ‘Is now an opportune time to revisit the Barcelona Declaration?’ and if so ‘What should a fit-for-purpose Barcelona Declaration look like for the 2020’s?’ The Barcelona Declaration emanated from the 2nd EESD held at UPC, Barcelona in 2004 and sought to outline what engineers and engineering educators must do in light of our ‘increasingly complex world’ within which ‘we are at a critical juncture at which humanity must make some serious choices about the future’.

Now more than ever, these sentiments ring through, though perhaps nearly two decades on, it is now time to dust down this worthy Declaration, and consider whether in might be upgraded as the issues (crises?) become ever more acute and pressing, and if so, to seek to garner the collective wisdom and insights of the EESD community to ask how we might reformulate and update.

Richard Fenner leads the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at University of Cambridge, and hosted the 6th EESD at U. Cambridge in 2016. Dai Morgan is a lead member of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development team at U. Cambridge. Both academics research and publish in the EESD area.

 

Workshop #2

Engineering Curriculum and Culture: Tips for Addressing Inclusivity, Diversity and Sustainability

 Facilitators:

Kauser Jahan1, Stephanie Farrell2 , Mariano Savelski3, Tiago Forin2 and Harriet Hartman4

 1Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

2ExEEd, College of Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

1Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

4Sociology & Anthropology, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

 

Workshop Description:

This will be an interactive workshop for engineering educators on addressing inclusivity, diversity and sustainability (IDS) in their courses and overall curriculum. Research indicates that including IDS content helps enhance the overall student experience in the classroom and makes the course content personal and relevant. The Civil Engineering department at Rowan University received two NSF grants to develop and integrate IDS in their core engineering courses. The team will share their experience with content development. Participants will be provided with worksheets so that they develop IDS content for their own courses. This workshop is open to all engineering and science educators. The workshop will also focus on strategies at the administrative levels to recruit a more diverse student body including the support structure needed to retain the students and provide them an inclusive atmosphere.

Workshop #3

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Instilling the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Engineering Students to address the UN SDGs

Facilitator:
Pritpal (“Pali”) Singh, PhD
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Venue:
Blackstone LaunchPad @UCC, Boole Library, University College Cork

Workshop Description:

One of the approaches to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to develop solutions based on entrepreneurial ventures. Indeed, Carol Pomare in the book, “Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals” states that “Entrepreneurship may be considered as the most powerful transformational driver for the future, by offering flexible and widespread structures for attaining and delivering the SDGs whilst fueling economic growth at a regional level.”

Yet many of our engineering programs do not cover how to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. Over the last decade, the Kern Family Foundation has been supporting activities in several universities in the United States through the Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) program to support professors to develop activities to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. This workshop will present the KEEN 3 C’s (Curiosity, Connections and Creating Value) framework for framing the elements of the entrepreneurial mindset. Some examples of entrepreneurial ventures established by engineering students that are addressing the UN SDGs will be presented. Finally, the workshop attendees will learn how to prepare classroom exercises to develop the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students studying sustainable development.

Pali Singh is professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University. He has published widely on EESD and in 2019 was awarded The Lawrence C. Gallen, O.S.A. Faculty Service Award, an award presented to an individual member of the Villanova University faculty who has, over many years, contributed outstanding service to the Villanova University community.

 

Workshop #4

Classroom games and online toolkit for sustainability education

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Facilitator:

Dr Jon-Erik DahlinSnowflake Education, Sweden

 

Venue:

Room G9, Civil Engineering Building, University College Cork

 

Workshop Description:

Snowflake Education has developed a toolkit for integrating sustainable development in individual courses and full education programmes. The toolkit, consisting of a range of educational games combined with a library of online learning material, is based on the educational principles of active learning, flipped classroom and gamification. In this workshop, attendees will gain insight into how to successfully address sustainable development in engineering education by utilizing educational games.

 

Workshop #5

Motivating curriculum renewal through commentary: Industry and academic partnerships

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Facilitators:

Dr Savindi Caldera and Prof Cheryl Desha, Griffith University, Australia

Workshop #6

(//NB: CANCELLED FOLLOWING VIRTUAL PIVOT)

Movement and Creative Practices in Engineering Education

Facilitators:

Professor Jools Gilson – Professor of Creative Practice, School of Film, Music and Theatre, University College Cork

Aoife Long, Dr. Chen Deng, and Sarah Cooke – School of Engineering, University College Cork

 

Venue:

Civil Engineering Drawing Office, Civil Engineering Building, University College Cork.

 

Workshop Description:

Creative practice disciplines have untapped and exceptional methodological potential for transdisciplinary collaboration. This workshop will introduce movement and creative practices as a collaborative means of pedagogy and research methodology with engineering. Light movement exercises will be used to explore an example of a sustainable engineering system. It will not aim to teach engineers how to dance!  While engineering education traditionally uses lectures, texts, lab exercises and site visits as a framework, this workshop will aim to expand the repertoire of ways of knowing and discussing sustainable engineering systems. Such methods were explored at the recent Dancing about Architecture workshop funded by the Irish Research Council, and held at UCC. It will be of interest to those who want to explore the potential of transdisciplinary collaboration involving Creative Practice disciplines.