Paper Sessions

  • Each author will have 10 minutes for oral presentation and 5 minutes for discussion
  • Each speaker has to be present, at least, 10 minutes before the session and upload their presentation and the supporting material.
  • Presentations have an alloted time of 10 minutes and 5 minutes for discussion. Participants have 2 minutes to move from one presentation to another
  • No particular template is proposed for the digital support, but PowerPoint and/or PDF files are expected. If you need additional types of digital support, please contact the organizing committee
  • All session rooms are equipped with a data projector and a laptop computer.
    • Bring your presentation on a Windows readable USB stick.
    • When building your presentation, use standard fonts (e.g., Times Roman, Helvetica, Arial, New Times Roman), basic fonts are included on the session room PCs.
    • Include in the same folder of your presentation, any external files utilized, e.g. movie files. Copy the entire folder to the USB stick.
    • Test your presentation on a separate PC compatible computer to ensure fonts are standard and components such as movies are included rather than merely linked in your presentation.

Important note: if the author doesn’t attend the session,  certificates of the presentation issuance is not guaranteed.


Debate Sessions

  • Each debate session (90') will be organized in 3 main parts, chaired by one of the presenters (moderator).
  • In Part 1 (30'), each author should present a 5' oral presentation (paper key ideas) and, at the end, launch 1 or 2 driving questions for the debate, according to findings from their paper. The driving question should be engaging, open-ended and inspiring for participants, creating curiosity and discussion about the debated theme . These questions should be the guiding principle for the debate that takes to Part 2. The session moderator should register the driving questions after each presentation on the whiteboard, to facilitate the discussion phase.
  • In Part 2 (40'), the moderator should recall the driving questions on the whiteboard and start the debate. All participants should be engaged in the discussion, including the audience and the presenters. The moderator can manage the session as they prefer. In Part 3  (20'), the moderator and the presenters should prepare a short summmary of the outcome and major ideas from the discussion, including the answers to some of the driving questions. At the end, participants are welcome to continue to share experiences and research in future opportunities and activities.

Interactive Poster Session

The interactive poster session will be structured in 3 periods (30' each):

  • In Period 1, the author should stand next to their poster and briefly present it to other participants (approximately 3').
  • In Period 2,  the participants (including the authors) walk around the room and whenever they wish, post questions / comments / suggestions by the posters (using sticky notes available on site).
  • In Period 3, the authors will have to respond to questions/comments/suggestions.

Paper Submission and Templates

The official language of the symposium is English. However, papers can also be submitted in Spanish or Portuguese. All submissions are peer-reviewed. The accepted papers will be published in a conference proceedings with ISSN, indexed at SCOPUS.

Abstract submission

Regardless of the type of submission, in a first stage, contributors are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words using the web submission platform above. You have to register on the web platform to submit an abstract. Web platform registration is free and does not necessarily require a symposium registration.

Final submission

Submissions will be double reviewed. After notification of acceptance, authors are invited to prepare the full version of their work using the corresponding template and submit it using the web submission platform above. In the case of papers, the full version should be 6 to 8 pages long (Microsoft Word file). We suggest that you download and save the required template and copy your own text into it, in order to preserve the adopted styles and other formatting elements. Accepted contributions will be invited to do a presentation at the symposium.
PAEE/ALE'2019 particularly welcomes student contributions to the symposium. Students doing project work in their undergraduate or graduate engineering degrees are invited to submit papers on their learning experiences in project work. Student papers will be eligible for the Student Paper Award.

Student Best Paper Award

The Student Best Paper Award is an opportunity to display to the Engineering Education community the outstanding projects being currently developed by students. By entering the PAEE/ALE'2019 Student Best Paper Award, the students can gain not only visibility and recognition for their projects but they can also network more effectively with teachers, researchers, professionals and other students from all over the world.

General Rules and Guidelines:

  • Work from students can be awarded in three categories: Undergraduate, Master and PhD;*
  • Teachers / supervisors could be registered as co-authors (not first author);
  • The papers will be presented in a special session held by the Best Student Award committee that will choose the winner in each category;
  • Papers must be presented in English by students: presentations performed by non-students will not be accepted for the Best Student Award
  • The winner will be announced in the Closing Session
  • Information about submission, please refer to the link - “Submit here”

* The award will only be applied if more than five papers are submitted.


We look forward to your contributions, under the following themes:

  • Active Learning and ICT support
  • Attracting young people to Engineering
  • Basic sciences in engineering education
  • Curriculum design
  • Development and assessment of competences
  • Diversity in Engineering students
  • Education for sustainability
  • Evaluating PBL and Active Learning
  • Implementation of pedagogic changes
  • Innovative experiences in engineering education
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Project management in engineering education
  • Research on PBL and Active Learning
  • Serious games
  • Student assessment in PBL and Active Learning
  • Student engagement in learning
  • Teacher and tutor roles in PBL and Active Learning
  • Teamwork
  • University-Business Cooperation
  • Workspaces for Active Learning

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education – PAEE, is being organized by the Department of Production and Systems Engineering, University of Minho, since 2009, aiming to join teachers, researchers on Engineering Education, deans of Engineering Schools and professionals concerned with Engineering Education, to enhance Project Approaches in Engineering Education through workshops and discussion of current practice and research. The PAEE/ALE (Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop) editorial board is committed to preventing publication malpractice, does not accept any kind of unethical behaviour, and does not tolerate any kind of plagiarism.

Authors, editors, and reviewers of PAEE/ALE are to be committed with good practice of publications and accept to fulfil the duties and responsibilities as set by the COPE Code of Conduct ( Based on these, PAEE/ALE expects authors, editors and reviewers to be committed to the following general guidelines:

  • Editors take decisions on the acceptance of papers, and compose and evaluate the proceedings quality
  • Ensure that all published papers have been fairly reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers
  • Expect original submissions from the authors, and discourage misconduct
  • Expect that authors are responsible for language quality
  • Expect that the authors adequately reference the sources of their work
  • Ensure confidentiality of submissions and reviews
  • Reviewers do a fair and detailed review of paper(s) assigned to them

The proceedings are published under the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 ( "Open access to scientific publications refers to free of charge online access for any user." The authors retain the copyright of their work.