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CDIO Regional meeting European/UK-Ireland 8-9 (+10) Jan 2024

KTH University is delighted to host the UK and European CDIO Regional Meeting. Join us for an inspiring and knowledge-packed gathering where enthusiasts come together to share insights, exchange ideas, and work together with common projects within CDIO.

CDIO Regional meeting European/UK-Ireland 8-9 Jan 2024 and a picture of the KTH logo on a building.

CDIO: Transforming Engineering Education for Future Innovators

CDIO, which stands for Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate, is an innovative educational framework revolutionizing engineering education worldwide. With a focus on nurturing skills beyond technical knowledge, CDIO aims to develop well-rounded engineers equipped with the abilities to conceive innovative ideas, design solutions, implement projects, and operate systems effectively.

By incorporating real-world challenges, hands-on projects, and teamwork, CDIO programs empower students to apply theoretical concepts in practical contexts, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Through CDIO, educational institutions prepare future engineers to meet the evolving needs of industries, driving innovation, and shaping the world we live in. Experience the CDIO approach and unlock the potential of engineering education.


A special price for CDIO conference participants aproximately 110 euro and within walking distance.
​​​​​​Follow this link for the special offer 2024 CDIO Regional meeting at ELITE HOTEL ARCADIA

Last day for discounted hotel rates is 11 Dec.

Location and date

This meeting will take place in Stockholm at AlbaNova.

2+1 days

  • Monday 8 January 9-17 including dinner in the evening.
  • Tuesday 9 January 9-17
  • (Optional) Wednesday 10 January 9-17

Register here

What to expect

Listen to inspiring keynotes and gain valuable insights, participate in thought-provoking discussions and informative sessions. 

We look forward to your participation - so mark the days in your calendar and keep an eye out for further information.


Monday 8th January

8:30 - 9:00 Registration – Place Roslagstullsbacken 21

9.00-10.00 Welcome and keynote 1

Room – FD5, Roslagstullsbacken 21

Virginia Grande: Engineering educators as (un)aware role models

All educators are potential role models for their students. This is so regardless of the length of our teaching experience (from teaching assistants to professors), whether we are aware of what we are role modeling, and whether we intend for this to be imitated. In a structured manner, we can then reflect on role modeling from these perspectives of awareness and intention, what one can model, and the main actors in this phenomenon. This keynote aims to spark a discussion on the complexity of role modeling in engineering education, what our role in this is as educators, and how we can apply the result of these reflections to our own disciplines and contexts, discuss with colleagues, and guide our students in similar reflections.

Virginia Grande

Virginia Grande  (they/them) is a postdoctoral researcher at UpCERG . , the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group. After a five-year degree in computer engineering, Virginia completed a Ph.D. in computing education. Their Ph.D. thesis is on role modeling in computing and engineering education. Besides work on role modeling of care, emotions and professional competencies, the main outcome of the thesis is a framework that supports reflections on role modeling through lenses such as awareness and intention, what one can model (considering theory in ethics and identity), and the main actors in this phenomenon, particularly educators and students.

10.00-10.30 Coffee break – House of Science

10.30-12.00 Parallel sessions

Place – House of Science

Workshop: Role modeling

Virginia Grande

Educators, regardless of experience, unconsciously serve as role models. This workshop prompts reflection on intentional role modeling in engineering education. It explores our influence, encourages discussions, and guides educators in applying insights to their disciplines, fostering meaningful reflections with colleagues and students in a structured manner.

Peer to peer workshop 

Mr Juha Kontio

Mr Juha Kontio  Ph.D (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Business Turku University of Applied Sciences Joukahaisenkatu 3 C, 20520 TURKU FINLAND

One of the values of being in the CDIO community is the opportunity to share and learn from one another. Peer-to-peer support is an activity that allows participating programs to share practices and enhance their programs continuously, have critical friends reviewing for their program, learn from the experiences of their peers and involve new staff members in CDIO activities.  

This workshop focuses on explaining the entire peer-to-peer support process to potential participating programs. Furthermore, it presents the templates and how they are to be used. During the workshop idea is to identify topics that your program is willing to share and topics that you like to learn/improve. After the workshop participants have find pairs that can start their journey in peer-to-peer support activity.

Paul Hermon  will be facilitating the workshop together with Mr Juha Kontio.

12.00-13.00 Lunch – AlbaNova

13.00-16.00 Parallel sessions

Place – House of Science

Round Table – External Engagement in Educational Development

The "External Engagement in Educational Development" workshop will include an introduction and panel discussion by Johan Blaus, Per Fagrell, and Svante Gunnarsson, who will present different approaches and tools for collaboration, summarise results from joint development projects and share examples from KTH. We will discuss the main benefits, takeaways, and challenges of educational collaboration with external actors, followed by a feedback session and a final panel discussion with participants on ensuring successful educational collaboration and what is necessary from both sides.

Introductory - workshop

16.00-18.00 Keynote 2 och 3

How Academics Reason About Air Travel

While there is a global discussion on decreasing carbon emissions, there is little focus on actual practices that need to change. Academic flying is for many universities the largest source of carbon emissions related to travelling. In her presentation, Elina Eriksson will present results from a study of academic flying at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, including qualitative results on how academics reason about the emissions from their own flying. The presentation might give you some surprising results, and probably a few things to discuss with your colleagues. 

Elina Eriksson is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and sustainability. She leads the research group Sustainable Futures Lab and is affiliated with the Climate Action Center and Digital Futures at KTH. Elina's research is action-research-oriented, with a focus on how the future can become more tangible and possible to act on. Elina has helped shape the research fields of ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) and Computing within Limits (LIMITS). She is a sought-after speaker and was most recently in SR Studio 1 on inner transformation. Elina has developed a new interdisciplinary master's program, Sustainable Digitalisation with a focus on leadership for sustainability.

Seeing Academic Flying and Feeling Food Carbon Footprint

The ability to turn real things into abstract ideas has been crucial for human thinking. However, sometimes this leads to a loss of the true meaning of abstract concepts. For instance, in areas like energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, many people don't truly grasp what a kilowatt-hour means or the different emissions tied to various activities. Physicalizing data means moving from abstract data to tangible representations, a powerful tool for learning. Björn will discuss insights from his research project, "Feel the Energy! Tactile Learning about Everyday Energy Use."

Björn is an associate professor at the Department of Learning at KTH with a background in human-computer interaction, learning and sustainabilty. His research is centered around designing digital and physical artifacts and activities that facilitate learning and promote behavioral change in the context of energy and sustainability.  

18:30 Dinner at Proviant – Albanovägen 24, 114 19 Stockholm

Tuesday 9th January

Place – Brinellvägen 66-68

10.00-10.30 coffee break Brinellvägen 66-68

10.30-12.00 Parallel sessions

Workshop 1– Follow-up workshop with Anders Rosén

Workshop 2 – Doing a Quick Scan for Self-Mapping Curriculum Agility

Suzanne Brink Associate professor
Centre for Educational Development, Umeå University

Susanne Brink portrait photo

A level of Curriculum Agility is needed to be able to tweak or redesign programme-wide curricula to integrate sustainability, CDIO, and other desirable or necessary values and changes, due to developments in society, technology and student characteristics and needs, now and in the future. How easy it is to do curriculum innovations depends on current organisational structures and characteristics of the engineering education at your institution. By doing a quick scan on the ten principles of Curriculum Agility in this workshop, you can take the first step in a co-creative self-mapping process that is developed within CDIO. It will give insights into the strengths and potential areas of improvement of your institution, unit, programme, or specific course in continuous curriculum development.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00

Future collaboration formats - workshop

The CDIO Initiative has, like many academic communities, relied heavily on physical meetings. This has implied significant amounts of flying, especially since we are a global community. Now, many academics are beginning to rethink their flying habits. It is therefore timely to have a discussion about new formats for meeting and collaboration, with less flying. How can we keep collaborating? How can we invite newcomers into the community and make them feel like full participants? How can we develop relationships and maintain trust? Can new formats also be more including for others, who may not have been able to afford the cost of participation previously?

Historical tour and lab visit

15.00-16.00 Parallel sessions with coffee break

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16.00-17.00 Joint reflections

Wednesday 10 January (optional)

9:00 - 17:00 Discuss and share experiences

(Optional - Extra working day for those who work with overall change management at their university). 

Joakim Liljesköld talks about the future of education.

Future Education at KTH is a change programme that will help KTH to be proactive and structure the development of KTH's education with a long-term holistic perspective.

Read more about Future Education at KTH


Register here

Registration fee will be 175 Euro + Vat. Maximum participants allowed will be 120. 

Applying for Erasmus plus - Staff training

Erasmus+ supports training periods for staff working in higher education institutions. With Erasmus+, you can train at a higher education institution in an Erasmus+ Programme or Partner country or at an organisation outside the sector in a Programme country. The duration has to be min 2 days and you apply at your own univeristy. Read more here Higher Education (staff training)