Presentation Guidelines

    Paper Sessions

    • Each author will have 10 minutes for oral presentation plus 5 minutes to discussion.
    • Each speaker has to be present, at least, 10 minutes before the session and upload her/his presentation and the supporting material.
    • Presentations have an allocated time of 10 minutes + 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 a PowerPoint or PDF file are expected. If you need another type of digital support you should contact the organizing committee.
    • All session rooms are equipped with a data projector and laptop computer.
      • Bring your presentation on a Windows readable USB memory 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 memory 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, is not possible to guarantee the certificate of the presentation.


    Debate Sessions

    • Each debate session (1h30m) will be organized in 3 main parts, chaired by one of the presenters (moderator).
    • In the 1st Part (30min), each author should present a 5min oral presentation (key ideas of the paper) and, at the end, launch 1 or 2 driving questions for the debate, according to findings from his/her paper. The driving question should be engaging, open-ended and inspiring for participants, creating curiosity and discussion about the theme in debate. These questions should be the guiding principle for the debate that takes in the 2nd Part. The session moderator should register the driving questions after each presentation on the whiteboard, to facilitate the discussion phase.
    • In the 2nd Part (40min), 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 he/she prefers. In the 3rd Part (20min), the moderator and the presenters should prepare a short sum-up of the conclusions and main 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 minutes each):
      • In the first period, the author should be close to his poster and briefly present it to the other participants (approx. 3 min).
      • In the second period the participants (including the authors) circulate around the room and whenever they wish, put questions / comments / suggestions near the posters (using post-its available on site).
      • In the last period, the authors will answer/comment the questions/comments/suggestions. 


    Paper Submission and Templates

    The main 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 have 6 to 8 pages (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 make a presentation at the symposium.

    PAEE/ALE'2018 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 candidate for the Student Paper Award.



    Student Best Paper Award

    The Student Best Paper Award is an opportunity to display to the Engineering Education community all the great projects being currently developed by students. By entering the PAEE/ALE'2018 Student Best Paper Award, the students can gain not only visibility and recognition to their projects but they can also widen their networks through a close contact 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 see in the website link - “Submissions”.

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



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

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


    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.


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