Social Science Garage Emergency Workshop for Engineers (SS4E)

This workshop was held in Madrid between March 30 and 31, 2023: untitled post 323

Description of the Workshop

The SS4E is designed to familiarize attendants with some fundamental concepts and frameworks in the Social Sciences that are indispensable for improving the impact and effectiveness of engineering projects that have a social objective. Stressing the ability to think holistically about the problems addressed by engineers, seeking to promote awareness of the role of different engineering fields in the search for solutions to the social problems stated in the SDGs. Ultimately, to foster creative, innovative and critical thinking skills that will enhance student awareness of societal issues.
The activity will last two days. On one hand attendants will be introduced to key Social Sciences concepts that are deeply related with engineering (solutionism, design, inequality, social structure, etc). On the other, they will have the chance to reflect upon and show how these concepts influence their research, dissertation projects and other works (for using different methodologies, see 4.2; 4.5). The plan is to have 6 hours of specialist teaching Social Science concepts and 6 hours to critically work with those concepts.
By improving their skills in thinking with a social dimension, engineering participants will be able to better include social aspects in their works/projects, with special attention to the SDG and how to think holistically about the transformative potential of engineering.

EELISA Organizers

Title/First name/Last name:EELISA InstitutionRole (Student, researcher, staff, lecturer, professor, …)
Dr. Asli CalkivikIstanbul Technical UniversityAssociate Professor
Dr. Sergio Alejandro D’Antonio MaceirasUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)Assistant Professor
Dr. Javier García MartínUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)Assistant Professor  
Jorge Enrique Pérez MartínezUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)Assistant Professor  
Dr. Celia Fernández AllerUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)Associate Professor
Dr. Loredana ManasiaUniversitatea Politehnica din București (UPB)Associate Professor  
Dr.Gratiela LanosUniversitatea Politehnica din București (UPB)Lecturer
Jesús SalgadoUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)Researcher

Participating non-EELISA partners

Title/First name/Last name:University/Company/NGO others, Country
Andoni Alonso PuellesCarlos III University Madrid, Spain
Andrei PârvanFabrica de bunăstrare (NGO) – “Well-being Factory” (