Shaking the Foundations of Geo-engineering Education, July 4-6, 2012

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International Conference:
SHAKING THE FOUNDATIONS OF GEO-ENGINEERING EDUCATION

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland 
July 4-6, 2012

Philosophy
Some members of the SFGE 2012 Organising Committee came together after ICETGES 2008 in Constanza, Romania with a shared vision of offering a conference that would get to the heart of the challenges we face as geo-engineering educators, covering both the content of our courses and how best to communicate it. This desire to have an impact on delegates is reflected in the conference title: Shaking the Foundations of Geo-engineering Education.

SFGE 2012 will deliver high quality lectures on key aspects of geo-engineering education. A rigorous review process has been implemented to ensure that the papers are of very high quality. In a departure from the format of previous geo-engineering conferences, approximately 5 hours over 3 days will be devoted to discussion workshops. Each workshop will follow on from a themed session. Delegates will have the opportunity to contribute their views and a workshop facilitator will help distil these ideas into a meaningful set of actions which will inform the future goals of the ISSMGE Technical Committee TC306 on Geo-engineering Education. This approach also guarantees that delegates can have their say and will leave Galway enthused to introduce these ideas in their future teaching.

We are also delighted to announce that there will be a session of the popular ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) workshop on the afternoon Thursday 5th July. This workshop will have a broad relevance to academics in science and engineering.

Conference and NUI Galway
The conference will take place from July 4-6, 2012 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. The technical programme will run for three days, with a conference dinner on July 5th and a social excursion to the world renowned Connemara landscape on Saturday July 7th.  The venue for the conference is the new Ä45m state-of-the-art Engineering Building (see below), which was officially opening by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny, in July 2011, bringing Civil, Mechanical/ Biomedical and Electrical/Electronic Engineering departments under one roof for the first time in the largest engineering facility of all Irelandís universities.