European Adhesive Engineer Online (Blended Learning)


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Since 2006, specialists from all over the world interested in adhesive bonding technology have found their way to Bremen to attend the English-language DVS/EWF European Adhesive Engineer (EAE) course at Fraunhofer IFAM. The participants particularly appreciate the opportunity to discuss individual adhesive bonding issues on site with experts and to gain direct insights into current research. Against the background of the pandemic with its travel restrictions and changed communication channels through video conferencing systems, we have decided to offer the international European Adhesive Engineer (EAE) course in a new, blended learning format from 2022.

In the pilot course, which will start on 5. September 2022, we will combine face-to-face and online learning in such a way that participants can get the best of both worlds:

Travel and absence times will be minimised, the opportunity for self-directed learning at one's own pace will be increased, opportunities for direct exchange with subject scholars in the research institute will be preserved.

How exactly did we do this?

In the pilot phase 2022/2023, the course content from two course weeks will be taught online via the Fraunhofer IFAM e-learning platform, which participants can use regardless of location and time. The content is conveyed through recorded learning videos, presentations set to music, teaching-learning texts, learning quizzes and self-checks, virtual group exercises, etc., which the participants can work on at their own pace on the learning platform. In addition, the participants and lecturers meet at fixed times in video conferences to exchange and consolidate the content. Participants' questions are discussed and contexts explained here. In addition, the experts involved are available for specific questions in separate expert chats, as is also possible in the classic courses.

Course dates

Detailed information


Section #1:   September 02 - September 20, 2024   (On-site training in Bremen)
Section #2:   November 04 - November 22, 2024  (Remote web based training)
Section #3:    January 27 - February 14, 2025   (On-site training in Bremen)
Final examination:    February 14, 2025 (Last day of section #3)

During each week of Sections #1 and #3, the course is conducted from Monday to Friday (on Fridays we usually finish before 1 p.m.) .
The remote web based training phase (Section #2) will consist of a combination of web based self-organised training, self-studying by the participants and some live online meetings (video conferences) with trainers and participants to discuss the topics, answer questions etc.
For this section we prepare newly created course documentation to guide the participants through the topics. You determine the speed yourself and parts of the course can be repeated as often as you like.



This course is also offered (either as face-to-face or blended learning variant)  by the following of our international co-operation partners:

Shanghai Yifa Bonding Training Center (China)

YIFA Institute of New Materials (China)

Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Instytut Spawalnictwa (Poland)

IFAM Blended Learning Conzept EAE

The course starts with the first three course weeks as a block event in Bremen. This allows the participants and main lecturers to get to know each other, complete the first part of the course with its theoretical and practical components together and form learning groups. The first written examinations are also written here. At the end of the third attendance week, the participants receive an introduction to the IFAM e-learning platform and its functionalities.

Well-equipped, the online phase of the course now begins, during which the content is mainly acquired through self-study. As already described, the group meets regularly online and discusses the course content.

The last weeks of the course, 6 to 8, are again held as a block event in Bremen. Here, the remaining parts of the course are worked through in theory and practice and the remaining written exams are written. The course concludes in the classic manner with the final oral examination. The course contents are identical to the previous classroom courses and DVS and EWF certificates are issued upon successful completion.

Attendance phase I (3 full-time weeks)

  • Theory and practical exercises
  • Taking the first theoretical exams (written)

Online phase

  • Interactive learning on computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Regular video conferences between course group and trainers
  • Support through e.g. virtual flashcards and interactive learning checks
  • Learning without time pressure: individual and location-independent

Attendance phase II (3 full-time weeks)

  • Theory and practical exercises
  • Aaking the theoretical exams (written/oral)

Participants must have a personal e-mail address and access to the Internet.