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Research Symposia

Research Symposia

Research Symposia

In 2008, the UNESCO chair for PBL and Engineering Education (now established as Aalborg Centre for PBL in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO, hereafter Aalborg UNESCO Centre) organised the first International Research Symposium on PBL (IRSPBL) with aim to create a community of researchers within PBL and engineering education, promoting collaboration between PBL research communities and initiating new research projects. The first IRSPBL was held at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

The IRSPBL is part of Aalborg UNESCO Centre strategy and vision which main goal of facilitating universities, and other higher education institutions, to take an active role in educating engineers and scientists so they can participate and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to the present and emerging social, economic and environmental challenges. The IRSPBL has been one of the meeting places, which gathers researchers, practitioners and industrial partners from all over the world contributing to the PBL landscape. Their contributions cover a number of relevant PBL topics such as assessment, learning outcomes, students’ engagement, management of change, curriculum and course design, PBL models, PBL application, ICT, professional development.

After 2008, the International Research Symposium on PBL (IRSPBL) has been organised every two years in collaboration with international partners. Internal and international scientific committees support IRSPBL contributing to its research quality and relevance.

In each IRSPBL edition, it is published an open access e-book collecting all the contributions, which are peer-reviewed, accepted and presented during the symposium event. The IRSPBL series represent the newest results from research on PBL in different areas and are edited by Aalborg UNESCO Centre, together with international partners hosting and organizing the IRSPBL different editions, and published by Aalborg University Press.

IRSPBL Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

IRSPBL Editorial Board & Scientific Committee


To see more about the research symposia, please click in respective IRSPBL titles provided in the following:


Upcoming Symposium:

8TH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM IN PBL (IRSPBL'20)

THEME: Educate for the future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalization
August 16-18, 2020 
Hosted by: Aalborg University

For more information please visit the symposium website: https://www.irspbl2020.aau.dk 


Previous Symposiums:

7TH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM IN PBL (IRSPBL'18)

THEME: Innovation, PBL and Competences in Engineering Education
October 19-21, 2018 
Hosted by: Tsinghua University (China)

6TH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM IN PBL (IRSPBL'17)

THEME:  Social Progress and Sustainability
July 3-5, 2017 
Hosted by: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

5TH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM IN PBL (IRSPBL’15)

THEME:  International Joint Conference on the Learner in Engineering Education (IJCLEE 2015)
July 6-9, 2015 
Hosted by: Mondragon University (Spain)
Co-organisers: PAEE and ALE

4th International Research Symposium in PBL (IRSPBL’13)

THEME: PBL Across Cultures
July 2-3, 2013
Hosted by: UTM, Malaysia


3rd International Research Symposium in PBL (IRSPBL’11)

THEME: PBL Across the Disciplines: Research into Best Practice
November 28-29, 2011
Hosted by: Coventry University, UK


2nd International Research Symposium in PBL (IRSPBL’09)

December 3-4, 2009
Hosted by: Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia


1st International Research Symposium in PBL (IRSPBL’08)

June 30 - July 1, 2008
Hosted and organised by: UNESCO chair in PBL in Engineering Education, Aalborg University, Denmark