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Anette Kolmos is Professor in Engineering Education and PBL, Founding Director (Director 2014-2023) for the UNESCO category 2 Centre: Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability. She was Chair holder for UNESCO in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education, Aalborg University, Denmark, 2007-2014. Guest professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology 2012-2017.  President of SEFI 2009–2011 (European Society for Engineering Education). Founding Chair of the SEFI-working group on Engineering Education Research. Was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2023, IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, 2013 and the SEFI fellowship in 2015.

During the last 20 years, Dr. Kolmos has researched the following areas, primarily within Engineering Education: gender and technology, project based and problem- based curriculum (PBL), change from traditional to project organized and problem- based curriculum, development of transferable skills in PBL and project work, and methods for staff development. She is Associate Editor for the European Journal of Engineering Education. She has been supervising more than 20 PhD students and has more than 310 publications. She has been member of several organizations and committees within EER, national government bodies, and committees in the EU.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

guest professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology



  • Pedagogics and Learning
  • PBL
  • Education
  • Continuing education
  • Vocational training
  • Engineering Education Research
  • skills and competences
  • Problem based learning (PBL)
  • Transition from education to work
  • Higher education
  • Employability
  • PBL
  • PBL facilitation
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Problem Based Learning
  • PBL
  • Facilitation
  • Change Management


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