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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


Prof. Manfred Hampe

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Roland Tormey

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPLF
Lausanne, Switzerland

Latest news

Making cases more concrete and familiar: A Japanese example of a case on endemic disease for students studying beside the location

The case study is one of the most familiar pedagogical methods in engineering ethics. However, most of the cases introduced in textbooks are a little far from our everyday life, both temporally and spatially. It seems to me that we…

Using ethics experiences of engineering graduates to curate directly relevant cases for first year students

Cases in Engineering Ethics Education are often very complex and distant in nature, and it can be hard for students to take away clear skills or knowledge they can use in a real workplace.  We interviewed engineering graduates and students…

When Software developers go to the dark side. The importance of teaching Dark Patterns in Software Engineering Ethics Education

Dark patterns are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. They are an increasingly common occurrence on digital platforms including social media sites, shopping websites,…

Students develop situated insights with online roleplays

I recently designed and implemented online role-play case studies in an undergraduate ethics course. I make students accountable to a person or a committee who has to act on the advice they receive. I found that through this exercise students…

Centring equity in engineering ethics case study instruction

How can engineering educators facilitate student learning about ethical dilemmas using case studies? More importantly, how can we honour the micro-ethical nature of individual decision-making without ignoring the macro-political impact of these decisions? One way to bridge the micro/macro gap…

What are your underlying assumptions in having students go through your cases?

What is this case also a case of? What are your underlying assumptions in having students go through your cases? Our own research on cases in management education shows that cases provide heroic, individualistic and uncritical perspectives on leadership and organization, that they have…

Plea for more nuanced use of engineering ethics case studies

Several authors in Engineering Ethics Education Research claim that that “The best way to teach engineering ethics is by using cases”. But why focus on the best way to teach engineering ethics, as if there is one particular approach that…

SEFI Ethics Webinar: Emotions and intuitions in engineering ethics education

SEFI @ Work: Inspiration Events invites you to an Ethics Webinar: Tuesday, 4 May 2021,   2pm – 3:30pm CEST – Register here Introduction: Ethics and emotion are intrinsically tied together. Often we know when something is wrong because it feels wrong. …

SEFI @ work: Inspiration Events – Film and fiction in engineering (ethics) education

Thursday, 22 April 2021   3pm – 5pm CEST – online on Zoom Organisers and speakers: Thomas Lennerfors (Uppsala University, Sweden): Sarah Hitt (NMITE, The UK): Star Wars IV: A New Hope ends with Luke Skywalker destroying the Death Star by dropping…


SEFI ETHICS SPRING SCHOOL Experiencing Engineering Ethics Education: Reflections, evidence and perspectives on engineering ethics education in practice Dates: 25th and 26th March 2021Location: Online – register here The SEFI Ethics Spring School 2021 will offer one and a half days of interactive workshops,…

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