Archimedean Oath at SEFI 2024

History & Goals

In 1990, inspired by the Hippocratic Oath, four physics students from EPFL crafted the Archimedean Oath for engineers to emphasize their commitment to their institution and global responsibility. Historically, the Oath was read and signed at the end of the master studies during the magistrale (masters’ diploma ceremony).   

Over the last decade, current societal and environmental realities, however, have imposed updating the Oath, not just in its form but also in its scope. In order to continue to meet its global goal of reminding engineers of their responsibility to society, AGEPoly, an EPFL student association, reformulated the text to better align with contemporary challenges (see text of the Oath). 

Archimedes Oath

Commitment to the Oath

 

The commonly understood presumption of taking an Oath is that it guides graduates to take ethical decisions and respond respectfully to the challenges set in professional practice. Today, these require an awareness for respecting the environment and its inhabitants.

These circumstances already called for reformulating the previously written Archimedean Oath as well as for widening its field of application. At present, it is imperative to systematically integrate ethics and sustainability in the curriculum. Thus, future graduates will be equipped to responsibly practice engineering and respond to contemporary global challenges. 

In order to do that, it is crucial that educators and administrators provide the students with adequate opportunities for the students to learn how to act responsibly. 

Call for action

 

Our call for action is twofold, firstly, we will promote the Archimedean Oath across SEFI 2024 as a reflection tool. Secondly, it is our utmost inspiration to have the Oath as a legacy of SEFI 2024 by having its participants adopt it in their own institutions. 

By the end of the conference, you will have the necessary knowledge and support to adopt the Oath in your own contexts. 

In order to do so, we are ensuring the presence of the Archimedean Oath in various forms during the conference. 

More detailed information coming soon



Working Group Members 

 

  • Charlotte Vandenberghe, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC, EPFL) 
  • Ingrid Le Duc, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC, EPFL) 
  • Helena Kovacs, Transversal Skills and Career Center (CCTC, EPFL)
  • Jonathan Truslove, Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK)
  • Mihai Filmon, Board of European Students of Technology (BEST)
  • Valentina Rossi, Teaching Support Center (CAPE, EPFL)
  • Philippine Milward, General Student’s Association at EPFL (AGEPoly, EPFL)

Get in touch

For further details contact: SEFI2024@epfl.ch