SATHE – Symposia

CINEP organizes annually the SATHE, a symposium that brings together teachers and researchers to discuss topics of professional, scientific and pedagogical relevance. From 2021 onwards, it will also organise a national colloquium.

Colloquium 2021 Challenges of teaching and learning in the digital age debated at conference

CINEP/IPC organised, on 3 March 2021, the online colloquium “Challenges of teaching and learning in the digital age”. The initiative gathered more than two hundred participants.
The colloquium was attended by experts from eight higher education institutions and representatives of the Foundation for National Scientific Computing (FCCN), who reflected on distance learning practices and models, as well as on the role of teachers and students in the context of digital learning.
Guilherme Victorino, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, delivered the inaugural lecture on Innovation and Design Thinking in Higher Education, followed by the morning panel with interventions from Sandra Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave), Sara Dias-Trindade (University of Coimbra), José Joaquim Costa (University of Coimbra), Nelson Dias and Pedro Cabral (FCCN). The afternoon panel included interventions from José António Moreira (Open University), José Alberto Lencastre (University of Minho), Angélica Monteiro (University of Porto) and Rogério Costa (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria). The conference closed with a debate on good practices in distance learning.

Access the recordings on (morning) and (afternoon).

Speakers’ presentations
Sandra Cunha
Sara Dias-Trindade
Pedro Cabral
José Alberto Lencastre
Angelica Monteiro

SATHE 2020
Higher Education in Transition
24th and 25th October 2020 | Coimbra

Press Release Coimbra Polytechnic promotes reflection on “Higher Education in Transition” at international symposium

SATHE brings together teachers and researchers from IPC and other national and international higher education institutions

The 10th edition of SATHE, organised by the Centre for Innovation and Study of Pedagogy in Higher Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (CINEP/IPC), takes place on 24th and 25th September, via Zoom, under the theme “Higher Education in transition”. The opening session starts at 3pm with José Gaspar, Vice-President of the Polytechnic of Coimbra, and Susana Gonçalves, Director of CINEP and organizer of the symposium.
Susana Gonçalves highlights the need to “adapt teaching methods to the demands of the new digital world and compare teaching practices between countries. In this year’s edition, we intend to discuss the technological changes in higher education and address issues such as virtual teaching and teleworking”.
The programme (attached) includes a plenary lecture by James Pickering, academic leader, lecturer and researcher in Anatomical Education at the University of Leeds and a panel discussion with Holger Kuße, lecturer at the Technical University of Dresden and Coordinator of the “Erasmus + project ENTEP” programme.
SATHE is an international symposium on pedagogy in higher education that brings together teachers and researchers from the Polytechnic of Coimbra and other national and international higher education institutions. Participants receive a certificate of attendance and no prior registration is required.

 Consult the Programme HERE
SATHE session of 24th October 2020
SATHE session of 25th October 2020

Speaker Presentations:
IPC Presentation
Imagio-Learning by imagination
Virtual teaching resources
SATHE2020 Pickering

SATHE 2019 Higher Education, Employability, Citizenship
October 23rd, 2019 | Coimbra

SATHE 2018 Higher Education: The Living Poets’ Society
24th and 26th October 2018 | Coimbra

In this 8th edition of SATHE, CINEP and the Organising, Scientific and Cultural Commissions of the meeting intend to gather the community of teachers and researchers from IPC and other national and foreign ES institutions for three days full of scientific, pedagogical, training and socio-cultural activities that will be fertile in stimulating, inspiring and enjoyable experiences for everyone involved.
The theme chosen for SATHE 2018, “Higher Education: The Living Poets Society”, celebrates the creative energy of those who produce, communicate and teach science, technologies, humanities and arts and the capacity for renewal, innovation, critical and transformative sense that is common to the best in these professional fields. It also celebrates the classical vocation of higher education, the striving for an ever better society, doing so through educational care, collaboration, research and knowledge sharing.
The programme includes a congress, a variety of workshops, plenary and concurrent sessions, a film cycle and a photography exhibition, tertulias, debates, book launches and some socio-cultural activities and numerous networking opportunities.
Higher education, applied research, pedagogical and curricular issues and internationalisation will be addressed in multiple ways, namely with a plenary conference, a panel-debate, workshops and simultaneous sessions of free papers to which we invite all to participate.

Lines of work:
Revitalising and Strengthening Higher Education – Line focused on innovation and the changes needed in higher education to deal with the problems associated with internationalisation, globalisation, technologies, the media and the so-called post-truth era.
Society and Higher Education – Line focused on the direction of relations and synergies between the academic community and the social community, organisations and companies.
Ethics and Citizenship in Higher Education – Line focused on issues concerning intellectual honesty, discipline, regulation and citizenship on campus and in academic life.
Quality and Evaluation – Line focused on the procedures and criteria for assessing the quality of the ES at all levels, from management to research and pedagogy and teaching.
SOTL, STEAM and Transformative Teaching – Line focused on pedagogical issues, methods and didactics, teaching models and practices and new trends in knowledge production and dissemination, including transdisciplinary strategies, forms of questioning and pedagogical relationships and teaching techniques/practices in, and beyond, the classroom.


SATHE 2017 Higher Education between the Human and the Technological

September 22nd, 2017 | ESTeSC | Oliveira do Hospital

The 7th edition of the SATHE- Symposium on Pedagogy in Higher Education, with the theme “Higher Education between the Human and the Technological”, took place at ESTeSC on 22nd November, from 13.30 to 19.15.

Poster HERE and Programme HERE

Photo Report in CINEP Virtual Gallery HERE
SATHE 2017 Report – ESEC TV
SATHE 2017 Report – CINEP

Fidori SATHE 2017
Agenda 2018 Here – Stress Zero Almanac Here
Fidori SATHE 2017 Presentation Film
SlideShow – Photographic Exhibition
Photo Exhibition Life as Masterpiece Here

SATHE 2016 Higher Education Without Frontiers
October 26th, 2016 | ISEC | Coimbra
SATHE 2016 Report
ESEC TV report
Video shown during panel discussion “Challenges of Internationalisation in Higher Education: Testimonies”
Photo Exhibition Encountering Cultures Here

SATHE 2015
New Audiences, New Practices in Higher Education

October 26th, 2015 | ESEC | Coimbra

The Polytechnic of Coimbra, like all national, European and worldwide higher education institutions, is increasingly sought after by students who diverge from the traditional profile for which higher education has been shaped in recent decades.

Symposium Programme: Here
ESEC TV report
Reportage SATHE
Photo exhibition The whole world is a classroom Here

SATHE 2014
Research and Quality in Higher Education

20th and 21st October 2014 | ISCAC | Coimbra

Symposium Programme Here
ESEC TV report
“Travelling” Photo Exhibition Here

SATHE 2013 New Challenges of Higher Education

October 11th, 2013 | ESAC | Coimbra

Symposium Programme Here

ESEC TV report
Photo Exhibition Between the City and the River Here and Here

SATHE 2012 Web 2.0 in Education

19th and 20th October 2012 | ESTeSC | Coimbra

Symposium Programme Here
Reportage SATHE
Collective Identity Photographic Exhibition Here


SATHE 2011 International Symposium on Teaching in Higher Education

October 14th, 2011 | ISEC | Coimbra

Symposium Programme Here
ESEC TV news story