Stimulating a Sustainability Mindset in Engineering Education

Charlottetown, PEI
June 20 - 23, 2021
University of Prince Edward Island




The Annual Conference of the Canadian Engineering Education Association will be virtual this year and hosted by the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island on June 21-23, 2021 with the theme of “Stimulating a Sustainability Mindset in Engineering Education”.

This encompassing theme incorporates key elements of what sustainability means in engineering education, to engineers, and to the future of the Engineering profession: sustainable designsustainable society via diversity, community, empathy, and accessibility, sustainable earth via stewardship of resources, sustainable work via the interdisciplinary integration of traditional engineering disciplines and between the social sciences, sustainable approach of professionalism, reflection, equity, inclusion, and effective communication.  When we come together as a group of Canadian engineering educators in beautiful PEI, we look forward to the conversations and discussions on what sustainability means in engineering and what a sustainability mindset in engineering education means for the future.

Important Dates: 

    • Abstract submissions open: Monday, October 12, 2020
    • Extended abstracts for all types of presentations deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020 Monday, January 11, 2021 (reviews starting December 18, 2020)
    • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: Monday, February  1, 2021
    • Workshop proposals due: Friday, February 5, 2021
    • Full paper submission for peer review deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 Monday, March 8, 2021
    • Feedback provided to authors of full papers: Friday, March 26, 2021 Monday, April 19, 2021
    • Registration opens: Early April, 2021
    • Submission of papers requiring revisions under the full paper peer review process: Monday, April 5, 2020 Friday, April 30, 2021
    • Early-Bird Deadline: April 30, 2021
    • Registration Deadline: June 1, 2021
    • CEEA-ACEG Workshop Day:  June 20
    • Conference Dates:  June 20-23
    • IER/IEET Workshops:  June 18 and June 25


Registration is open! 

Register at https://ceea.wildapricot.org/event-4232511

Early-Bird Deadline: April 30, 2021

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2021

Workshop information and schedule can be downloaded: 1. CEEA ACEG Workshop Schedule  2. Institutes Descriptions & Schedule (Changes to workshop registrations (adding or changing workshops must be done by an administrator. Please contact either [email protected] or [email protected] to request changes to your workshop choices.)

Members – remember to sign into your account at the registration link so you can access membership discounts!

All sessions will be virtual on the Event Pilot platform. Registrants will be sent links in their event reminder emails.





(BEFORE APRIL 30, 2021)

Student/postdoc with CEEA-ACEG membership


For current CEEA-ACEG professional members



(AFTER APRIL 30, 2021)

Student/postdoc with CEEA-ACEG membership


For current CEEA-ACEG professional members



Student/postdoc, non-member


Professional, non-member



Current CEEA-ACEG members & Student Members

$60.00 & $40.00 respectively

Non-CEEA-ACEG members


Institute for Effective Teaching (IET) or Institute for Engineering Education Research (IEER) Workshops

Current CEEA-ACEG members (professional and student)

$100 & $40.00 respectively

Non CEEA-ACEG members



Undergraduate, Graduate or Postdoctoral Student





CEEA-ACEG 2021 is Going Virtual!
Despite our hope to welcome the CEEA-ACEG community to UPEI with lobster and Anne of Green Gables, we have made the difficult decision to move this year’s conference online. We are working hard to ensure that we come as close as possible to capturing the welcoming, collaborative atmosphere participants are used to at a CEEA-ACEG conference. We have seen some great examples of what is possible in a virtual environment and we look forward to hosting you all virtually in June.
What does this mean?
  1. The conference dates and session types will be staying the same, only moved to an online platform.
  2. We have decided to extend the abstract deadline again until January 11, 2021. However, we will begin the review process December 18 for any abstracts that have been submitted. This way, we can guarantee timely feedback to authors. If you have submitted an abstract, there is a strong chance you will be contacted to aid in this process.
  3. The registration fees will be updated relative to previous years to reflect the online nature of the conference. These will be shared on the conference website in the coming weeks.
  4. Members get access to discounted registrations so remember to sign in to your account, with an active membership to view the options!
We hope to see many of you (online) in June 2021!



We invite papers written in English or French on a variety of topics in engineering education. Attendees will have an opportunity to showcase, learn about, and discuss engineering education through a variety of session types. Participants will be asked to classify their work into one of two streams: teaching practice or educational research. Both streams cover works that relate to teaching, learning, assessment, accreditation, student support, professional development, and other aspects of engineering education. The differences in the streams are as follows:

  • Engineering Education Practice (“Practice”): includes accounts of innovations, experiences, and evidence-based practices in engineering education.
  • Engineering Education Research (“Research”): includes reports of investigations, meta-analyses, and data-informed development of new methods, tools, and frameworks.

There will be four different session types:

  • Full-Paper Podium Talks: These are 15 min. (+ 5 minutes Q&A) that aim to present completed work. Papers will be organized into thematic sessions, with typically 4-5 papers presented per session. Full-paper sessions will be 90-minutes in length.
  • Lightning Talks: These sessions include 4-6 brief (6 minutes + nominally 4 minutes Q&A) “lightning talk”-style presentations grouped around a common theme, followed by a longer discussion period that is moderated by the session chair. This format will be used to organize evidence-based or data informed work in either the “Practice” or “Research” streams. Lightning Talk sessions will be 75-minutes in length.
  • Panel discussion: Panel discussions are designed to facilitate dialogue between panellists from different institutions, different sectors (for example industry and academia) and audience members. The extended abstract for a potential panel discussion should include the names of at least three panellists, a proposed moderator, and an abstract that describes the focus of the panel. Each participant will have an opportunity to speak on the topic via a short presentation, and a longer discussion between all panellists and the audience will follow. Panel discussions will be 75-minutes and submissions related to the conference theme are highly encouraged.
  • Special Sessions: Researchers and educators with an interest in a particular topic are invited to propose special sessions. These sessions can be allocated as either a 75-minute session (for extended abstracts) or 90-minute session (when for full papers).  An extended abstract for the special session should be submitted that includes the presenter names and contact information, the proposed title of the special session and/or topical focus, intended audience, and the titles of the extended abstracts or full papers from each of the presenters.  Special sessions can be for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and are different from lightning talks (which will be grouped by the technical chair of the conference committee) or panel discussions (which do not require extended abstracts or full papers submissions from each panelist).  Note: Each presenter for a Special Session must also submit their own extended abstract or full paper.

While all submissions related to engineering education are welcome, we encourage those focusing on pedagogies, approaches and practice relating to:

  • Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary engineering education
  • Developing and assessing student attitudes and behaviours towards sustainability
  • Developing technical foundations for sustainability
  • Introducing students to sustainability issues
  • Sustainable Engineering within and across engineering domains
  • Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering Education
  • Accessibility in Engineering Education
  • Engineering Justice & Ethics
  • Critical evaluation of sustainability issues in engineering
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Community & Stakeholder engagement and collaboration
  • Accountability and responsibility in the engineering profession
  • Responsible Engineering
  • Sustainable creativity and innovation
  • Empathy in engineering

In light of the rapid transition to online education, we are also planning a special stream on online engineering education. For this stream, we encourage submissions related to:

  • New methods and approaches for online education
  • Case studies for transitioning and sustaining online education
  • Accessibility in online education
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Online laboratories and experiential education
  • Assessments in online education

Extended Abstract Submission 

All authors, regardless of the stream or requested presentation type, are invited to submit an extended abstract (500 words maximum) via EasyChair (by January 11, 2021) All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated based on how they address the following elements, as appropriate:

  • Motivation for the work, with reference to relevant literature
  • Clear conceptual/theoretical framework
  • Comprehensible description of method and methodologies
  • Results/conclusions of interest to the membership

When authors submit an abstract, they will be asked to indicate their areas of interest and expertise in engineering education for the purpose of abstract and paper review. Abstracts/papers will be assigned based on these areas of interest and expertise. They will also be asked to indicate whether they intend to participate in the full paper review process, whether their abstract is practice or research oriented, and their preferred presentation format.

It is expected that all authors collecting data from human subjects have approval from a university-based ethics review board for their research.

All authors will receive an indication of whether their abstract is accepted for the conference by February 1, 2021, and for those submitting full-papers, feedback on their abstract that can be used in writing the paper.

 Peer-Reviewed Paper Submission 

Authors opting to submit a 4-8 page paper for peer review will be required to do so by March 1, 2021. Papers will be reviewed, based on the criteria listed above, and authors will receive feedback on March 16, 2021, with an indication that the paper is accepted as-is, or that revisions are required. Where revisions are required, authors will be asked to submit a revised paper by April 6, 2021.

Authors who are not requested to complete revisions after submitting the paper for peer review will have their papers marked as “peer reviewed” in the conference proceedings and present in a Full Paper Session.  Authors who attend to the requested revisions and submit will also have their papers marked as “peer reviewed” in the conference proceedings and present in a Full Paper Session.  Authors who decide not to submit a revised full paper will still be invited to present their work in a lightning talk or panel session.

All papers will be made available during the conference and will be published in the CEEA-ACEG proceedings after the conference.

Author Guidelines for CEEA Proceedings Manuscripts 

Download English version: CEEA-ACEG AuthorGuide 2021 EN

Download French version: ACEG-CEEA GuideDesAuteurs 2021

 Call for Workshops 

We invite proposals for workshops covering relevant aspects of teaching and learning in engineering. Workshops on practices that positively impact the engineering teaching environment and students’ abilities, resourcefulness, persistence, and success are particularly sought. Topics of interest include:

  • Engineering education research methods;
  • Implementation of sustainability mindset in engineering education
  • Best-in-class engineering education practices or teaching tools;
  • Best online/remote engineering education practices amid COVID-19
  • Implementation of educational technologies;
  • Integrating and building open engineering educational resources
  • Best practices in professional development for engineers;
  • Administration of critical thinking and developing active learning experiences
  • Professional development needs identified by practicing engineers and employers;
  • Initiatives that support diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering;
  • Support of student mental, emotional, and motivational wellness and resilience;
  • Initiatives for co-curricular student development;
  • Initiatives for engineering curriculum development related to remote education
  • Continual improvement based on CEAB graduate attributes analysis.

Workshops last 90 minutes and should provide the participants with an interactive experience. Proposals for workshops spanning two or more 90-minute periods will be considered. All regular workshops will be scheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2021.  Workshop proposals can be submitted using EasyChair by Friday, February 5, 2021. Workshop proposals should be no more than 500 words and will be considered based on clarity, level of detail, interactivity and relevance to engineering education.

To reach EasyChair, click the words or this link: https://easychair.org/account/signin




Thank you to all our Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring the conference?  Check out the available options here: Sponsorship Info 2021


Conference Chair: Dr. Amy Hsiao ([email protected])

Technical Chair: Dr. Grant McSorley ([email protected])

Workshops Chair: Dr. Armin Bodaghkhani

Sponsorship Chair: Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof

Communications, Marketing, and Logistics Chair: Dr. Ali Ahmadi

Student Programs Chair: Mr. Austin Murnaghan

Digital Infrastructure Librarian: Ms. Rosie Le Favre

Administrative Assistant: Ms. Lisa Sanderson


For all conference related questions - please contact the organizing committee.