The GEDC Industry Forum: 3 – 5 July 2019, Fontainebleau, France

Building on two hugely successful Industry Forum 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 focus on developing the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders through university-industry collaboration.

Book your place by 7 June 2019. Request an invitation.


The GEDC Industry Forum enables unparalleled networking with leading engineering and technology employers and academics from around the world.

Expand your horizons
With delegates coming from all over the world, the event was created as a platform for expressing a diversity of thought and for the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas.

The Industry Forum gives delegates the chance to work together to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges shared by engineering and technology employers and educators.

Be inspired
Hear from expert speakers and panelists from both industry and academia with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field.

Make an impact
The Industry Forum presents an opportunity to leverage collective knowledge and experience whilst developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.

Have fun
Participants get involved with highly creative and innovative group work sessions facilitated by renowned 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
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Professor of Chemical Engineering 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 Office, British Embassy, Bulgaria

Thanks for joining us in Bucharest in March 2019


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