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NAFEMS UK Conference

Academic Symposium

Big Education / Simulation Issues

Education is at the heart of NAFEMS and this symposium will address the issues facing individuals and organisations engaged in education and training, in support of the effective use of analysis and simulation technologies. 

It is expected that this interactive event will be hosted by engineers, who have been involved in Education and Training throughout their careers and have extensive experience of both traditional and CAD-embedded systems.

The goal of the event is to hold informed breakout sessions to explore some of the key issues involved in the topic areas below and how NAFEMS can improve its engagement with University academic staff and students.

Call for Presentations

We invite you to submit your presentation for consideration at the symposium. Presentations are welcomed from across all related academic institutions and training providers, from staff and undergraduate/postgraduate students.

This is your opportunity to get involved!

The community wants to hear about educating engineers - the challenges and the role of analysis and simulation – your successes, your issues, and your results. 

Presentations from all areas of simulation can be submitted and will be considered for acceptance, however, contributions which highlight one or more of the themes below are particularly welcomed:

  • Educating engineers today and tomorrow.
    • Challenges and the role of analysis and simulation.
    • Is education keeping up with simulation developments and potential?

  • Operating in a global market … experiences of suppliers and recipients.

  • How to deploy open, online learning in the delivery and assessment of courses.
    • What are the barriers and pitfalls in this exciting and rapidly growing area?
    • Credit transfer issues - including microdegrees and nanodegrees.
    • Can engineering simulation be massive and open?
    • Innovation in content and delivery.

  • Dealing with large classes while recognising individual needs.
    • How to provide personal timely assessment and feedback in the higher cognitive areas?
    • Novel approaches to delivering effective learning with different resources.

  • Examples of effective collaborative partnerships with industry.
    • Course design, sandwich placements, sponsorship, employment opportunities.
    • Industrially linked case studies and projects.
    • Opportunities with higher and degree apprenticeships.

  • Illustrations of multidisciplinary degrees in the engineering simulation area, involving engineering, biological sciences, chemistry.
    • What were the drivers and how were challenges overcome?

  • Student motivation and engagement.
    • Influential factors and the HEA United Kingdom Engagement Survey (UKES).
    • The UK Teaching Excellence Framework, National Student Surveys and League tables as possible drivers.
    • Experience with flipped classes, active learning or flexible learning.
    • Competition and Grand Challenge linked projects.
    • The potential for new teaching methods in engineering simulation, including tele-immersion and pervasive computing technologies.

  • The integration of engineering simulation into Design teaching, including CDIO, Fablabs and layered manufacture.

  • Examples of effective combinations of physical test and engineering simulation in subjects, individual and group projects.
    • Can V&V provide a focus for such integration?

  • Noteworthy vendor or vendor-linked initiatives in supply and support for education.

  • CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – the challenges.
    • Employee succession planning.
    • Gaps in provision?
    • Work-based learning.
    • Formalisation and recognition of training.
    • Facilitating informal learning in the workplace.
  • NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE).
    • A flexible system for competence planning and development.
    • A resource to facilitate informal learning?
    • How is this deployed in your organisation?
    • Desirable developments?

  • SME’s – are their needs any different and are they being met?

  • Ensuring a pipeline of Higher-Level STEM – needs and challenges.

  • Socially just engineering education.
    • The ongoing WISE challenge … why such a hard nut to crack?
    • Will low-cost online education lead to a 2-tier education system?

Submission Requirements

In the first instance, abstracts of 300-600 words should be submitted for consideration by 2nd February 2018. Abstracts must be clearly marked with presentation title, author's name, organisation, address, phone numbers and email address.

Please complete the abstract submission form.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to prepare an extended abstract (typically 2-4 pages) and a PowerPoint presentation - full written papers are not required. Further details are available here.

If you have any further queries, please contact the conference manager, Jo Davenport at or call +44(0)1355 22 56 88.

Abstract Deadline

2nd February 2018

In the first instance, abstracts of 300-600 words should be submitted for consideration by 2nd February 2018. Please complete the abstract submission form here.

Further information for Authors is available here.

Please contact Jo Davenport with any queries;; +44 (0)1355 225688.

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