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Engineering Education needs to address both current and future economic, social and environmental challenges. An understanding of ethics, ethical decision making and responsibilities becomes a necessary tool for the global engineer, which helps support his/her day-to-day activities, as well as international policy making.


  • Establish a network of educators and practicing engineers who want to develop ethics education
  • Stimulate discussion, opinion formation and decision making about the needs and opportunities for ethics in the engineering curricula
  • Share experiences, practices, developments and teaching resources in ethics and ethical leadership education


  • Organisation of themed workshops at the SEFI Annual Conference
  • Organisation of themed workshops or seminars during the whole year
  • Joint research and publications in the field of Engineering Ethics Education
  • Reporting on congresses, conferences or different meetings that take place all over the world, related to the ethics of engineering and engineering ethics education
  • Preparation the SEFI Ethics Special Interest Group Newsletter

SEFI Ethics Editorials

SEFI Ethics Newsletters


Prof. Manfred Hampe

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Roland Tormey

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPLF
Lausanne, Switzerland

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Systematic Review: Emotion in Engineering Ethics Education

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Increasing awareness of ethical issues in learning environment

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Towards more collective, caring, and empathetic engineering

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Is ethics education part of a long-term socialization process?

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Wikipedia is techno-ethical marvel, and a conundrum.

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The ethical dimension of online technologies and online education

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