• Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Aalborg Centre for PBL in Engineering, Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO (UCPBL)

Research group head: Professor Anette Kolmos

Aalborg University has for decades been front-runners in the development of Problem Based and Project Based Learning (PBL) within engineering and science and PBL in Engineering Education is at the core of this constant evolving.

PBL in Engineering Education places an emphasis on cultural and social approaches to learning and education in engineering and science by using interdisciplinary research methods mainly based on theory of science, education and technological development. These interdisciplinary approaches also encompass inter cultural learning, gender studies, creativity, appliance and development of virtual technologies in education and learning, and meta-theoretical reflection.

The research organisation and network comprise a UNESCO chair for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and the Danish Centre for Engineering Education Research and Development.

Main research areas

The research profile combine perspectives on learning theory, theory of science and technological development to address areas of research related to PBL and engineering education. Under the umbrella of problem- and project-based learning (PBL), the group conducts research on:

  • Engineering Education
  • Management of Change in Higher Education
  • New teacher roles
  • Digitalized Learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education
  • Professional Practice and Continuing Engineering Education


The Aalborg centre offers different types of education and consultancy:

  • Master in Problem Based Learning – an online and highly interactive e-Learning program for faculty staff at institutions who want to change to Problem Based and Project Based Learning (PBL) – or faculty staff who are just interested in learning more about PBL
  • Consultancy visits, workshops or capacity building courses for institutions that want to switch from traditional teaching to PBL
  • Workshops for visitors held twice a year in Aalborg, which is an introduction to PBL and the Aalborg Model
  • Internal pedagogical courses, short courses or workshops, or special seminars run by international experts

Main objectives

The research group is dedicated to transform engineering education worldwide by PBL that emphasizes contextual, collaborative, self-directed and project organized learning. The vision is to strengthen employability and educate engineers for future sustainable societies.

Engineering education institutions worldwide, companies, continuing engineering educators, schools as pipelines to engineering education as well as ministries and engineering associations benefit from our research.

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Projects 2000 2023

Research Output 1987 2019

6th grade pupils’ experiences as science entrepreneurs in green conversion – a Danish perspective

Dahl, B. & Grunwald, A., 2019, (Submitted) In : International Journal of Science Education. 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Arts-based Education: China and its interaction with the world

Chemi, T. (ed.), Wang, L. (ed.) & Du, X. (ed.), 7 May 2019, Leiden, Holland: Brill. 228 p. (The Arts, Creativities and Learning Environments in Global Perspectives, Vol. 2).

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review


A Short Intellectual History of Problem-Based Learning

Servant, V. F. C., Norman, G. R. & Schmidt, H. G., 2019, The Wiley Handbook of Problem-Based Learning. Wiley-Blackwell, p. 3-24 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2003 2019

SEFI annual conference 2019 (Event)

Lykke Brogaard Bertel (Peer reviewer)
16 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Bildung

Annette Grunwald (Participant)
Sep 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

NOFA7​, Nordic Conference on​ Teaching and Learning in Curriculum Subjects

Annette Grunwald (Participant)
13 May 201915 May 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation