SEFI 2022



Monday 19 September 2022

New scenarios that European alliances of tech universities open up

Lourdes Reig Puig
Vice-rector for International Policy
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

Lourdes Reig Puig has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a doctoral degree in Marine Sciences from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a master’s degree in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has been an associate professor attached to the Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology and affiliated with the Barcelona School of Agri-Food and Biosystems Engineering (EEABB) since 2003.As a researcher she is part of the Centre for Agrifood Economics and Development (CREDA-UPC-IRTA). Her research field is aquaculture, in which, as the technical director of an aquaculture facility for eight years, she focused on production before starting her activity at the UPC. She has spent mobility periods at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and the Lower Saxony Fish Health Control Centre (Hanover, Germany). She was a visiting professor at the University of California (Davis, USA) and the Technical University of Denmark (Copenhagen). She is the author or co-author of more than 30 publications in indexed and non-indexed journals and around 100 conference papers. She has participated in numerous national and European competitive research projects and technology transfer contracts. She is currently the director of the Maritime Network of Catalonia (BlueNetCat).In the area of management, she was the academic secretary (2005-2007), the assistant director of Promotion and International Relations (2008-2010) and the director (2011-2015) of the Barcelona School of Agricultural Engineering (ESAB, now EEABB). She coordinated the interuniversity master’s degree in Aquaculture (2006-2010) and was the vice-rector for International Relations (2015-2017).

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Gender mainstreaming in Engineering Education

Alicia García-Holgado
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
University of Salamanca, Spain.

Alicia García-Holgado received the degree in Computer Sciences (2011), a M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems (2013) and a Ph.D. (Cum Laude) (2018) from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department since September 2021 and member of the GRIAL Research Group of the University of Salamanca since 2009, where she currently leads the research line "Social Responsibility and Inclusion". She is a Researcher of International Impact at the Universidad Nacional San Agustín, Arequipa (Peru). She is also a member of the Women in Computing Committee of the Spanish Computing Scientific Society and sub-coordinator of the CLEI (Latin American Centre for Computer Science Studies) Community for Latin American women in computing. Her research is related to the development of technological ecosystems for knowledge and learning processes management in heterogeneous contexts, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion in STEM, with a particular focus on engineering and technology. She has participated as technological support and coordinator in a large number of regional, national and international research projects. She is currently part of the coordinating team in the W-STEM project, a capacity building project funding by the European Union (, and researcher in the CreaSTEAM project, both focused on creating inclusive spaces in education and reducing the gender gap in STEM.

Thursday 22 September 2022

The Future of Engineering Education in a Post-pandemic World

Arnold Pears
Professor and Department Head
Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Arnold Pears BSc(Hons) 1986, PhD 1994, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Appointed to Professorial Chair, Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018. Uppsala Served in the University Academic Senate, Programme Director for the IT Engineering programme, and served multiple terms as elected member of the educational advisory board of the Faculty of Technology and Natural Sciences. Currently supervises 4 PhD students and leads the KTH participation in projects funded by the EU and NordPlus. He coordinates KTH participation in 2 Swedish Reseach Council funded graduate schools. He has published more than 40 journal articles and more than 150 refereed conference papers. Citations: 1861, H-index: 19, Google Scholar 14/12/2020