Continuing Education Leaders Convene in Portugal; ISD Director Elected to IACEE Council

ISD joined continuing education stakeholders from around the globe in Porto, Portugal this May to discuss the current state, best practices, and future of continuing professional development (CPD).

Bringing together universities and engineering organizations alike, the 15th International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) Global Conference featured workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches from three of the field’s preeminent thought-leaders: Bosch Group Vice President Michael Knuth, futurist David Houle, and Chairman of the University Industry Innovation Network, Thorsten Kliewe. Topics ranged from professionalizing university-industry partnerships to the future of global learning, offering an important chance for leaders from across the professional development landscape to learn and collaborate.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Course at the University of Michigan

Perhaps the conference’s most significant outcome was the Porto Declaration, a signed pledge to “develop global initiatives to address those 21st century challenges threatening the survival of human kind through collaboration, design, creative thinking and engineering.” Notably, the document takes aim at connecting each party invested in continuing education—from individuals to universities to government—in order “to meet the grand challenges facing humanity.” More than 20 stakeholders representing universities and CPD organizations signed the pledge, including ISD Director of Academic Programs and Outreach Diane Landsiedel.

In addition to signing the Declaration, Landsiedel was also selected by her peers to the IACEE Council, confirming ISD’s place among professional development trailblazers and ensuring its ability to help shape the future of continuing education for years to come. 

To learn more about IACEE World Conference 2016, check out this three-minute video and visit