Now open for registrations: The GEDC Industry Forum: 3 – 5 July 2019, Fontainebleau, France

Building on two hugely successful events, the next GEDC Industry Forum is taking place in Fontainebleau, France from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July 2019. This invitation-only, highly interactive event will address how to implement high impact, large scale programmes to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders, exploring the importance of developing trust and open communication skills in the engineering and technology graduates of the future. We’ll also focus on strategies to improve innovation with university-industry collaboration, in particular working across borders.

Book your place by 7 June 2019. Click here to request an invitation.

Why attend?

Make a difference
The Industry Forum is designed for participants to create workable solutions together to some of the biggest global challenges shared by engineering and technology employers, educators and innovators.

Inspire and be inspired
The right balance of input and group work ensures we hear from global experts, while highly innovative sessions designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning lead to the creation of valuable new ideas.

Share and gather expertise
The Industry Forum’s innovative format ensures that every single voice is heard, creating a great opportunity to leverage collective knowledge whilst developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.

Delve into the priorities and pressures that your counterparts in industry, education and the start-up sector are facing and contribute to an open dialogue in a trusting environment that turns differences into assets.

Go beyond networking
The level of trust and engagement enabled by this unique format presents a remarkable opportunity for participants to go beyond networking, to build genuine, useful and lasting relationships.

Have fun
The GEDC Industry Forum participants get involved with highly creative and innovative group work sessions facilitated by renowned global specialists, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


Designed and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus, the Forum’s programme kicks off on Wednesday 3rd July with a late afternoon expert panel and networking reception, followed by a day of discussion and creative group work on Thursday 4th July facilitated by renowned specialists. Social and networking opportunities will be followed by dinner and dialogue. Conclusions, with a strong focus on next steps, will be presented the following morning with departures on Friday 5th July after lunch. Opportunities for relevant cultural and industrial visits in the area will also be available.

What participants say about their experience at the GEDC Industry Forum

‘I have never been to a meeting, conference, or workshop that has brought together the collection of leaders that we have in engineering from around the world, and in such a dynamic format.’

– Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame
Currently – Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology

‘For me the highlight of the Industry Forum has been the dynamic working groups that we have engaged in. This is an opportunity for people to work together on real issues and create solutions that will have a practical impact.’

– Dr. Greg Konstantinov
Director, Human Resources, The Boeing Company

‘One of the most valuable aspects of the event was that academia, industry and students got to work together, so we had an opportunity to get an insight into how people think and what they expect from each other.’

– Fabian Henze
Head of Software Development, Miele Tehnica

‘I had fun that I haven’t had before at similar events and found lots of ideas to pass to my colleagues…!’

– Emilia Pecheva
Science and Innovation Officer, British Embassy, Bulgaria

Joining us at the next Industry Forum


Petrus Communications is a multi-award-winning international agency that specialises in connecting our clients with students and universities. We create innovative and impactful projects that bring together leading companies, students and the global education community. We enable young people to fulfill their potential by making the many exciting opportunities the world holds more visible and more attainable.

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The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best” practices necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

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The 2019 Global Industry Forum will be held at CEDEP: a highly regarded international executive education centre in Fontainebleau, less than one hour from central Paris.

Get involved

This event, as with previous, highly successful Industry Forums, is by invitation only with limited places allocated on a first-come basis. If you would like to request an invitation or inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunities, please get in touch at