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 24 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.

Collaborate
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.

Programme

This Industry Forum will address how to implement and scale up successful programmes which see universities and the private sector working together to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders. We’ll explore how to develop socially conscious engineering and tech graduates for the future, building trust and authentic, inclusive communication skills as well as strategies to improve cross border, open-innovation through agile university-industry collaboration.

 

Designed and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus Communications, the Forum kicks off late afternoon on Wednesday 3rd July with an expert panel, workshop 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 live music. 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.

 

Discover the PDF programme here.

From 12:00

Lunch is available for those who wish.

Ample meeting and working space are available at the event venue until the programme begins.

a. Exploring Diversity (with Rhys Philips, Electromagnetism Scientist - Central R&T, Airbus )
We have seen many gender diversity campaigns over the last 40 years with great intentions and with some individuals benefiting from them. But the percentage of women in engineering, particularly in leadership positions, has not changed. Before launching actions to tackle the issue within Airbus’ Corporate Technology Office, a team of scientists and engineers got together to use their technical backgrounds and expertise to tackle the problem. They’ve conducted an extensive literature review, performed statistical analysis on real data and created an innovative new model using Systems Dynamics that can be used to assess the impact of different actions before implementing them. The model will be made available as an open source tool so that the entire engineering sector can benefit. Rhys will present a brief overview of the work carried out by the team, followed by a demonstration of the model.

b. Student Engagement in the Learning Process
What keeps students engaged in the learning process? Of the many tools and learning techniques available, which ones really work? Before the next GEDC Industry Forum kicks off, you can hear more about the results of the ‘Student Engagement’ pilot survey. Our aim? To find out what learning methods keep students most engaged. Findings will also be shared with global industry, HR, and academic leaders at the Industry Forum; helping to develop the next generation of engineering leaders.

Our hosts for the event are Natacha DePaola, Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and Chair, Global Engineering Deans Council; Chantal De Barra Head of International Research Publications, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France and Andrew Hogg, Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total

Today global grand challenges are facing all of us regardless of national borders, and there is an increasing need for international collaboration to drive innovation in the private sector and universities. Given the current political climate that may led to increased isolationism in some areas, how can universities, companies, and other stakeholders best work together to ensure that open and international collaboration and innovation is not only maintained, but also intensified? In this global panel session, speakers from industry, education and the public sector will share their experiences on developing productive multi-partner, multi-country research and innovation projects.

An interactive session moderated by Andrew Hogg Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total

Networking, Cocktail & BBQ

to set the scene for the day with a look ahead at the technology, and the skills, that are changing the way we live, learn and work.

Today, we know what skills are needed in future engineering and tech graduates, for example the 2017 Industry Forum Concept Paper compiles a list of skills from multiple sources on the topic. Although needed skills are evolving over time, for example professional skills and those that underpin the concept of the socially conscious engineer have grown in importance, the focus of this interactive session will be on how to develop needed skills in a meaningful and assessable way in scalable, high impact programmes

will be brought into the mix with comment on the Design Group themes from the leader of a global engineering student organisation and our pilot student engagement survey results.

Lunch is with selected Design Group in CEDEP restaurant

An innovation at this year’s Industry Forum. Bring your professional problem relevant to the theme of the event, and we’ll invite the global GEDC Industry Forum community to solve it with you.

Exact timings during each day may change according to final group numbers, but overall start and finish times will remain as stated.

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

Fontainebleau 2019 Speakers

Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research,
CEVIPOF, Sciences Po

At the CEVIPOF, Chantal De Barra is responsible for ensuring the international visibility of the research team and also leads a weekly seminar focusing on topics of intercultural and political interest. Since 2014, she has been a consultant at Petrus focusing largely on employability skills and cooperation between universities and the corporate world.

Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research,
CEVIPOF, Sciences Po
Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Natacha DePaola serves as the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. Dr. DePaola is the GEDC Chair Elect until October 2017, when she assumes the role of GEDC Chair, serving until 2019.

Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology
Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total

Andrew Hogg has worked in a variety of technical, communication and HR management roles with BP and Total in Canada, France, Kuwait and the UK. Working with both senior leaders and employees he helps them make the right ethical decisions. Via a global network of ethics specialists, he leads and supports the implementation of Total's business ethics policies, working across a wide range of cultural and professional contexts.

Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total
Rhys Phillips
Electromagnetism Scientist,
Airbus, Central R&T

Rhys Phillips is an electromagnetism scientist at Airbus Central R&T in Toulouse. In addition to his research, he leads the Corporate Technology Office's Gender Diversity Tiger Team. He is an award-winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools and the general public around the world. Rhys is also an experienced radio broadcaster, is VP for Public Relations for the nonprofit European Young Engineers, and an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University.

Rhys Phillips
Electromagnetism Scientist,
Airbus, Central R&T
Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,
McMaster University

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering at McMaster University in Canada, is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and of ASME and AAAS, chairs the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, has authored over 160 publications with 4,900 citations and H-Index of 39, writes on technology and society, and has been a TEDx speaker.

Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,
McMaster University
Jaime Bonilla Rios
Associated Dean for Continuing Education,
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Rios is the Associated Dean for Continuing Education, Consulting and International Affairs of the National School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He conducts research at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology and is a Visiting Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bonilla has previously served as President of the Latin American Global Engineering Deans Council.

Jaime Bonilla Rios
Associated Dean for Continuing Education,
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Dr. Michael Schoenwetter
Head of R&T Partnerships,
Airbus

Michael graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich where he also conducted research work, resulting in a PhD thesis on “Thermal radiation in combustion chambers.” Having started his industrial career in the printing press business, Michael joined Airbus UK in 2003. He held positions in the Design Office and Customer Services before joining the Research and Technology Program in 2009 managing R&T cooperations.

Dr. Michael Schoenwetter
Head of R&T Partnerships,
Airbus
Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,
Petrus Communications

Petrus Communications is a multi-award winning international agency that specialises in linking our clients - engineering and business employers - with students and the global education community. Kirsten founded Petrus in France in 2005 and now leads a team of 30 research, communication and digital communication experts creating and implementing projects world-wide.

Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,
Petrus Communications
Bruno Woeran
EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager,
Merinova OY

Bruno Woeran is currently EU-Affairs Manager International Innovation Networks at Merinova Technology Center AB for the EnergyVaasa Cluster. Fostering the collaboration of Vaasa higher education, industry and regional institutions for international networking and cooperation in research, education and innovation actions; strategies for EU research grants; directly funded - EU, int’l and nat’l - opportunities; proposal management from application to execution and follow-up; regional networking and special interest focus groups.

Bruno Woeran
EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager,
Merinova OY

Organisers

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.

Find out more at: www.petruscommunications.com

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.

Find out more: www.gedcouncil.org

Location

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 contact@gedc-industryforum.com.