SEFI 2015 lists five sponsoring companies.
These companies may be surprised to find that the SEFI organization that they sponsored has behaved in such an unprofessional manner.
- Dassault Systèmes
- GRANTA MI
- National Instruments Corporation
Sending them a short note letting them know about SEFI’s action and asking for a reply would be helpful. A note similar to the following would be helpful:
It has come to my attention that you are one of the corporate sponsors of SEFI, the European Society for Engineering Education. Recently there was an event where SEFI behaved very unethically and I would like to ask your help in resolving this important matter.
A conference held in Orleans France, SEFI 2015 (29 June – 2 July) accepted a paper about ethics and the risk to the engineering profession. The paper discussed, as a case study, the errors in the peer-review process observed with an important engineering issue. The paper was peer reviewed and passed the technical review process. Just days before the conference began, the authors arrived in France to find that the paper had been withdrawn with no explanation. Additionally, the authors were refused entry to the conference when they arrived.
A more complete explanation of the events, including a copy of the paper and the chain of correspondence can be seen at http://censoredbysefi.org/. Censoring discussion about ethical lapses is not in the best interests of the engineering profession. I agree with the requested remedies that the authors are calling for.
At a minimum, would it be possible for your company to ask SEFI for a public statement explaining the specific reasons for their decision to exclude this paper from the conference. Currently no explanation has been given.
I thank you for your time and look forward to any response that you receive from SEFI which you would be able to share.
These are possible points of contact with the sponsoring companies.
National Instruments Corporation, Corporate Responsibility Manager