The 2020 GEDC Industry Forum
Sep 28 - oct 01

All times are listed in the program in Eastern Daily Time, Hamilton,Canada.
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The registration fee of 450EUR covers the live sessions and recordings, the facilitated design workshops, all preparation materials and event outputs.

Introduction & Welcome
Sirin Tekinay, Dean, College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah and GEDC Chair and Ishwar K. Puri Dean of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University
Inspirational Session
Transformational Engineering: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Innovators, Experts and Leaders for a Changed World
Student Panel: Experiences, perspectives and expectations from the next generation
The student panel will run live twice, as selected students from each region will provide insights into how they and their communities have experienced the crisis and what they expect from universities and employers now.
Introduction and conclusions from day one
Inspirational Panel
Pursuing the Positives - Setting the Agenda for the Future of Engineering Education
Dynamic Design Groups
Group Work Starts: Following an introductory session of c.45 minutes, groups self-organise to work together until cob Wednesday using the tools and platform provided.
Dynamic Design Groups Work
Each group created by preferred time zone, interest and expertise works on their challenge, with support from a trained facilitator and expert.
Social Activity
Details to follow
Dynamic Design Groups Output and Wrap-up
Presentations will be filmed in advance with the Dynamic Design Groups for smooth screening and to allow maximum time for discussion.
Online Dialogue & Networking
Conclusions and The Way Forward

To ensure a complete experience, we would like all delegates to attend the full event, from Monday 28th September to Thursday 1st of October, however you do not need to be online all day every day. Days one and two each consist of a 2-hour input session, designed to inspire and inform on the core theme, with time for interaction. These sessions, held at the same time each day, will be recorded and rerun at an alternative time slot, with a live host to continue the global dialogue. One full day will be dedicated to design group work, with presentations on the final day.

2020 speakers

Hans J. Hoyer

Hans J. Hoyer

Executive Secretary, GEDC & IFEES Secretary General

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer is Executive Secretary of the GEDC and Secretary General of the IFEES. Based in Fairfax, USA, he is a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at George Mason University and an Honorary Professor in Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, and Peru. He has been a Resident Scholar at MIT and Harvard and is on the board and advisor of various universities and companies.

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE, and Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council

Prof. Şirin Tekinay joined AUS as Dean of Engineering starting February 1, 2020. Prof. Tekinay has held posts of academic administration as Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vice President for Research and Development, and Rector during the last decade in Istanbul. She is the elected Chair of Global Engineering Deans Council and a Board Member of the European Society for Engineering Education. ‍

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Founder and CEO

Petrus Communications is amulti-award winning international agency that specialises in linking ourclients - engineering and business employers - with students and the globaleducation community. Kirsten founded Petrus in France in 2005 and now leads ateam of 30 research, communication and digital communication experts creatingand implementing projects world-wide

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Get in touch to find out more about a limited number of sponsorship packages and tailored opportunities to engage with this senior global community on themes such as inclusion and diversity, innovation, digital skills, the engineer of the future and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shape the conversation
Sponsoring the Industry Forum enables you to shape the conversation, positioning your organisation as a thought and action leader in engineering and engineering education, getting your message across to decision makers in leading companies and engineering schools from around the world.

Influential exposure across the community of 500+ senior academic and industry engineering experts, and the GEDC membership of +500 engineering deans from around the world. 

Inclusion in communications across all social media channels and presence on 3 websites, reaching over 510,000 people worldwide.  

Dr. Andrew Hogg

Andrew Hogg

Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total and previous event sponsor

An opportunity to recharge ideas and share new approaches. We learnt that whether Industry or Academia, we share the same enthusiasms and the same challenges: the drive always to improve the way we work and build a better society for all.


Dave Wilson

Vice President, Product Marketing Academic, Customer Education, Software, National Instruments and previous event sponsor

The GEDC Industry Forum gave an excellent opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on how universities and industries can work together to better prepare students for their careers. The forum was a unique opportunity for professionals and Deans to share constructive ideas in a vibrant structure designed to facilitate insightful solutions

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To maintain the highly interactive nature of the event which allows every voice to be heard, participation is by invitation only with the number of places available deliberately low. We’d be delighted to hear from more potential participants and contributors so if you would like to receive an invitation, please get in touch:

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