The SEFI 2014 conference is hosted by the University of Birmingham but with major input from a number of Midlands universities. The Midlands is currently witnessing tremendous growth in the motor industry and the competitiveness this and other industries is to be greatly aided by the construction of a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

The requirement for highly educated engineers who are able to operate in a competitive environment is established and the theme of the conference extends this to global competitiveness. The challenge for educators, working with industry is to ensure that the education and training of engineers will meet this challenge both now and in the future.

Keynote speakers 
Professor Dr PE Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore
Dr Keith Willey, University of Technology, Sydney  
Susan Scurlock, Chief Executive and Founder, Primary Engineer
Dr Cynthia Atman, University of Washington College of Engineering 
Professor Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham,Clinical anatomist, author and broadcaster


Monday 15th September 2014

Thursday 17th May
 Registration open from 12.00
 14.00 Workshops organised by SEFI working groups (Open) and IIDEA workshop
 17.00 Reception at the Medical School, University of Birmingham 
 18.30 Close

Tuesday 16th September 2014 

Thursday 17th May
 08.00 Registration
 09.00 Workshops (no lunch provided)
 10.00 SEFI Administrative Council meeting with National Correspondents and WGs Chairs
Invitation only 
 13.00 Official Opening by the President of SEFI
Professor Kamel Hawwash
 13.30 Inaugural SEFI Debate
Engineering Education facing the challenges of a crisis in Europe 
Professor Kamel Hawwash
 14.00 Keynote speaker
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna
National University of Singapore
'Is Engineering Education at the Crossroads?'
 15.00 Parallel Session 1
 16.00 Refreshments
 16.30 Industrial Plenary Session
Chair: Dr Robin Clark 
 17.30 Close
 19.00 Reception at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Dress code smart/casual

Wednesday 17th September 2014 

Thursday 17th May
 08.00 Registration
 09.00 Welcome from the University of Birmingham
 09.30 Keynote Speaker 
Dr Cynthia Atman
University of Washington College of Engineering 
 10.30 Refreshments
 11.00 - 17.00, EEDC Workshop
 11.00 Parallel Session 2
 12.30 Lunch
 13.30 Keynote Speaker 
Susan Scurlock
Chief Executive and Founder, Primary Engineer
 14.30 Parallel Session 3
 15.30 Refreshments
 16.00 Parallel Session 4
 17.00 Close
 19.00 Gala Dinner and SEFI Leonardo da Vinci Medal Ceremony , Great Hall, Aston Webb, University of Birmingham  

Drinks Reception from 19.00
Dinner served from 20.00 

Thursday 18th September 2014

Thursday 17th May
 8.00 Registration 
 09.00 Keynote Speaker 
Dr Keith Willey
University of Technology, Sydney
 10.00 Parallel Session 5 
 11.00 Refreshments
 11.30 Parallel Session 6
 13.00 Lunch
 14.00 Keynote Speaker 
Professor Alice Roberts
Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham
 15.00 Parallel Session 7
 16.00 Closing Ceremony
 17.00 Close
 19.00 Conference Dinner and SEFI Awards Ceremony, Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square

Friday 19th September 2014

Thursday 17th May
  09.00 SEFI General Assembly, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham 
Invitation only 
 12.00 SEFI Administrative Council
Invitation only
IACEE Board Meeting
 13.00 Close 

Programme subject to change