The IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee meeting and the IEEE Sections Congress, took place from 20th to 24th of August 2014, in Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. While the IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee Meeting represents one of the bianual meetings of IEEE Region 8 (region composed by sections from Europe, Middle East and Africa), Section Congress is an event that gathers IEEE Sections from all around the world, and which only takes place every three years.
IEEE Portugal Section was represented by Sofia Gomes, Section Vice-Chair, and José Silva, Section Secretary, in both of these events.
Some of the Region 8 meeting’s highlights include the election of the new Operating Committee of Region 8, and budget discussion and voting for 2015.
Professor Rui Cruz, Portugal Section Past-Chair, was also elected as a member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee for Region 8, a very prestigious committee which is responsible for evaluating volunteers eligibility for the Region 8 Board and appointing members for top volunteer positions within Region 8.
After the Region 8 Committee meeting, the IEEE Sections Congress 2014, took placed from 22nd to 24th of August, also in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. IEEE Sections Congress, held every three years since 1984, provides sections with a priceless leadership training opportunities for volunteers, with the goal to impact the future of IEEE.
Taking this congress as an opportunity to cultivate IEEE knowledge and express our concerns to the future, Portugal Section representatives had the chance to participate in numerous workshops and schedule private meetings with key IEEE coordinators and staff members. The materials gathered in the workshops and contacts made within the private meetings will definitely improve our daily operations and expedite many of our requests to IEEE headquarters.
The Sections Congress was an excellent opportunity to gain information, develop leadership skills, network and build relationships with other volunteers, which hopefully will generate new programs and initiatives in Portugal Section’s future.
More information about the meeting and sections congress, can be found here: http://www.ieeer8.org/committee/meetings/2014-august-amsterdam/2014-august-amsterdam/