Deadline Extended for Educational Activities Contest: Acceleration Program 2017-2018

The IEEE Region 8 Education Activities Sub-committee is calling all IEEE members in Region 8 to participate and submit their ideas in this year’s Acceleration Program contest.
The contest calls for individuals and teams to submit proposals for the following:
· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;The contest aims to:
· Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 members to initiate programs in Educational Activities;
· Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 members to an international audience;
· Find creative programs which provide value to IEEE membership and the general public. IEEE Academic, IEEE Xtreme and IEEE Day were all initiated by Region 8 members;The program or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Educational Programs. Individuals and teams can submit up to 02 entries separately.
Participants should consider sustainability and scalability of the proposed program.
The deadline for the idea submission is 20 December, 2017 and the results will be announced by 21 December, 2017.Prize:
The winning entries will receive the following prizes to be used as seed funding for piloting the program:· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

Rules:
· Participation can be from an individual or a team (up to 04 members);

· Individuals or teams can submit up to 02 proposals;

· At least one IEEE member needs to be part of the team. If the entry is submitted by an individual then the individual should be an IEEE member;

· The competition is open to all member grades;

· The proposal shall contain the following information:

o Summary of the idea (maximum 250 words)
o Introduction
o Description of the idea
o Is the program scalable and sustainable? How?
o How does the idea align with MGA goals
(https://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/mga_vision.html#sect4) – The idea doesn’t have to align with all goals.
o What are the educational outcomes of the program;
o What skills will the program develop in the participants;
o Additional information (optional)

Judging:
Idea proposals will be judged in the following areas:
· The educational outcomes of the idea;
· Alignment with MGA goals;
· Scalability and sustainability of the idea;

Submissions:
The submission shall
· be a maximum of 04 pages;

· be in times new roman font and 11 font size;

· be submitted in pdf format;

· include the full name of all team members and the Section name;

· be endorsed by the Section Chair or the Section Educational Activities Chair.

All submissions shall be submitted to easc@ieeer8.org by 20 December, 2017.


Report on Life Member Activities

Two notable developments of Life Member activities have been under way during the summer period:

Meeting of LMAG Chairs in Neuchatel, Switzerland, September 5th 2017.

The LMAG Chairs from Benelux, France, Italy, Lebanon, Slovenia, Switzerland, and UK & Ireland held a meeting on September 5th to coincide with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss microelectronic watch industry, at the Microcity Centre in Neuchatel.
This was the first meeting of LMAG Chairs in Region 8. The continuing loss of older members was a matter of concern in most Sections and needed to be addressed urgently. Among the proposals discussed were ways to improve the quality of service for older members, a possible review of the criteria for qualification as a Life member, and the need for wider inclusion of older members in Life member activities.
A proposal for the involvement of Life members in IEEE’s Humanitarian Activities (e.g. the IEEE SIGHT programs) was also discussed. These are expected to be especially of interest to retired members: it was agreed that Sections should be encouraged to begin recruiting volunteers from their Life and retired members for specific projects in their local communities under the SIGHT program.

Life Member Committee Task Force on Life member activities.

A small task force set up by the IEEE Life Member Committee has been working on the problem of engaging Life members more actively. Some proposals being discussed include improving communications with Life members, informing them of new advances in technology, and re-vitalising LMAGs. One potentially significant proposal argues for the active involvement of all members in the pre-retirement age group in Life member activities. This would help to boost the number of volunteers and active members in LMAGs, making LMAGs viable even in Sections with very few Life members. The Task Force is due to complete its work shortly and will report to the next LMC meeting.
In summary, the current focus of the IEEE Life member community must be on proposals to raise the level of member involvement so that older members are motivated to remain as members. The challenge to MGA is to offer an attractive menu of activities and services with particular appeal for older members.

Charles Turner (Region 8 Life Member Coordinator) October 2017.


Educational Activities Contest: Acceleration Program 2017-2018

The IEEE Region 8 Education Activities Sub-committee is calling all IEEE members in Region 8 to participate and submit their ideas in this year’s Acceleration Program contest.
The contest calls for individuals and teams to submit proposals for the following:
· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;The contest aims to:
· Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 members to initiate programs in Educational Activities;
· Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 members to an international audience;
· Find creative programs which provide value to IEEE membership and the general public. IEEE Academic, IEEE Xtreme and IEEE Day were all initiated by Region 8 members;The program or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Educational Programs. Individuals and teams can submit up to 02 entries separately.
Participants should consider sustainability and scalability of the proposed program.
The deadline for the idea submission is 10 December, 2017 and the results will be announced by 20 December, 2017.Prize:
The winning entries will receive the following prizes to be used as seed funding for piloting the program:

· An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

· An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;

o Winner – USD 300
o Runner-up – USD 200

Rules:
· Participation can be from an individual or a team (up to 04 members);

· Individuals or teams can submit up to 02 proposals;

· At least one IEEE member needs to be part of the team. If the entry is submitted by an individual then the individual should be an IEEE member;

· The competition is open to all member grades;

· The proposal shall contain the following information:

o Summary of the idea (maximum 250 words)
o Introduction
o Description of the idea
o Is the program scalable and sustainable? How?
o How does the idea align with MGA goals
(https://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/mga_vision.html#sect4) – The idea doesn’t have to align with all goals.
o What are the educational outcomes of the program;
o What skills will the program develop in the participants;
o Additional information (optional)

Judging:
Idea proposals will be judged in the following areas:
· The educational outcomes of the idea;
· Alignment with MGA goals;
· Scalability and sustainability of the idea;

Submissions:
The submission shall
· be a maximum of 04 pages;

· be in times new roman font and 11 font size;

· be submitted in pdf format;

· include the full name of all team members and the Section name;

· be endorsed by the Section Chair or the Section Educational Activities Chair.

All submissions shall be submitted to easc@ieeer8.org by 10 December, 2017.


Energycon 2018 at Limassol, Cyprus

3 – 7 June, 2018
Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy SystemsENERGYCON 2018 is the 5th IEEE International Energy Conference and will be held between 3-7 June 2018. It is organized by the IEEE Cyprus Section, the IEEE PES Cyprus Chapter, and the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus, in partnership with IEEE Region 8.ENERGYCON covers a broad range of electric power and energy systems topics and is open to contributions that are related to the theme “Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy Systems”.

ENERGYCON aims to attract scientists, professional engineers and engineering students from all over the world and give them the opportunity to present and publish their work, discuss, exchange ideas and knowledge as well as network for future collaborations. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

More: http://www.energycon2018.


Nigeria hosts the first African Student and Young Professional Congress

 

Nigeria takes the lead to host the first IEEE African Student and Young Professional Congress (ASYPC 2017). The IEEE Student and Young Professionals Congress was held in Africa for the first time after the final approval by Region 8 and the Ad-hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (AHCAA) in July, 2017.

The Team led by the YP Chair of IEEE Nigeria Section, Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu and seven other members comprised of experienced and new volunteers. Finances was a big challenge, but the team did not give up. With the full support of the Region 8 and IEEE Nigeria Section, ASYPC 2017 turned out a huge success.

The Congress was held from 8th – 10th September, 2017 at Baze University, in the beautiful city of Abuja, with 102 IEEE members and 20 invited guest in attendance. Amongst the ten plenary/keynote speakers were the Nigeria Minister of Communication Technology, Barr. Adebayo Shittu and the IEEE MGA Vice President Elect, Martin Bastiaans. There were 6 workshops and 1 panel discussion on Women in Africa: Success and Challenges. Other activities during the memorable 3 days include: a city tour, visit to Lower Usman Dam, Katempe Hill (Center of Nigeria), and Nike Art Gallery where delegates were welcomed in the African fashion and they had the opportunity to inspect artefacts and take memorable photos.

The IEEE PES Workshop on renewable energy was facilitated by Engr. Tunde Salihu (Nigeria), Continuous Education by Rading Reinhardt (Kenya), IEEE SIGHT by Engr. John Funso Adebayo (Nigeria), TISP and EPICS by Assoc. Prof. Tamer Moneir Mousa Nassef (Egypt). The Strategy of Work was done by Mr. Olabode Ojo, the Director of Engineering of Phase3 Telecom (Nigeria) while the workshops for Entrepreneurship and Young Professionals were facilitated by Mohammed El-Dallal (Egypt). A presentation on “Getting Ready for the Digital Economy” was made by John Matogo, the IBM University Leader for East Africa.

The WIE panel session featured 5 panellists that discussed extensively on “Women in Africa: Challenges and Successes”. The panellists include Prof. Gloria Chukuwdebe, Dr. Amina Batagarawa, Lebogang MM Madise, Patience Enahoro and Engr. Mrs. Chidimma Ibeh-Dimnwobi. The discussion was moderated by Toyin Oluwaniyi, Co-founder of Edu-teen foundation.

A poster session was held with seven student branches contesting. Ten judges inspected their works and University of Ibadan, STB28371 was announced as the winner while the first runner up was Obafemi Awolowo University, STB89601. Prizes for the poster session were sponsored by Smile Telecom.

The attendees of the ASYP Congress cut cross the following countries; Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, and the Netherlands. It was a dream come true for the organizer, the Nigeria section, Region 8 and MGA. We hope this is the beginning of a new era in IEEE activities in Africa. We are very grateful to our sponsors: Prof Mamman Tahir, the Vice-Chancellor of Baze University, Phase3 Telecom, Smile, Ntel, GreenICTi, IAS, IEEE PES, IEEE Nigeria Section, AHCAA, Young Professional AG, WIE, IEEE SIGHT and IEEE- EAB.

Abdullateef Aliyu, YP Chair – IEEE Nigeria Section

https://youtu.be/czPFyJrCZhE


TISP Week 2017 – Call for Participation

 

After the successful TISP Week event in 2016, where more than 750 teachers were trained in 16 IEEE Sections around IEEE Region 8, we are continuing the trend and organizing TISP Week 2017 this year.

Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) is a professional development workshop for school teachers to help them bring exciting hands-on activities to their classroom. More information about the program can be found here: http://www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/preuniversity/tispt/index.html

The TISP week is an ambitious program of Region 8 to conduct teacher training workshops in multiple Sections in the Region within a span of one or two weeks in November-December 2017.
This will showcase the incredible work being done by our education activities volunteers throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, train teachers to deliver Inquiry Based Science Education sessions and will also help train more volunteers in the local sections. This event will also help our local volunteers deliver a public service through training teachers.

We plan to conduct workshops in as many sections as possible in Region 8 and would like to invite your Section to organize a TISP workshop for school teachers during this TISP week.

The following rules will apply for organizing a workshop as part of the TISP week:

1. A minimum of 30 school teachers will be trained.
2. The event will a minimum of one or a maximum of two days long.
3. The event dates will fall within the TISP week dates.
4. As our funds are limited, we would like to request the local Section to partially fund the organization of the event. IEEE TISP Week 2017 can fund the lesson plan materials for the workshop and would be grateful if the Section can fund the rest of the local costs of venue, etc. The funding amount is up to USD 250 per workshop and it will be reimbursed after submitting the reimbursement form.
5. A member of the local organizing committee will participate in monthly TISP week organizing committee online calls.

We will help your local organizing committee plan an effective agenda for the workshop.

There are lots of information and TISP resources in our website, http://tisp.ieeer8.org which I encourage you to visit.

Please let us know if your Section would like to participate in this incredible event. Kindly send your response by 15 September, 2017.

Please email me if you have any questions

Thank you.

Warm Regards,

Dragoumanos Stamatis

Chair, IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee

 


IEEE PES R8 Sponsorship for Students

IEEE PES Region 8 is delighted to offer co-sponsorship of up to 8 students from the region to attend the IEEE PES PowerTech conference in Manchester, UK (18-22 June).

The sponsorship is limited to USD 850 and will cover the conference registration fee and five nights’ accommodation in a shared (twin) room in a 3* hotel.

Eligibility is as follows. Candidates must:
1. Be IEEE PES full-time postgraduate student members living and studying within region 8.
2. Not already be registered for the conference.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis (subject to eligibility).

All applications should be sent to Jovica Milanovic (jovica.milanovic@manchester.ac.uk), Chris Wall (Chris.Wall@manchester.ac.uk), and Luis Daniel Gutierrez Lagos (luisdaniel.gutierrezlagos@manchester.ac.uk).

The deadline for applications is 17:00 GMT on Monday 12 June 2017.


Electronic Membership Options Offer Reduced Dues

Depending on the country in which you live, you may be eligible to select an electronic membership option which significantly lowers the cost of IEEE membership dues. Electronic membership means that you will not receive a paper membership card, or paper copies of publications. You will have access to a PDF file in your IEEE Account that contains your membership card and membership materials. All publications will be delivered to you electronically, and can be accessed with your IEEE Account through IEEE Xplore.

All IEEE membership benefits otherwise remain the same. Your years of service, member grade, and grade elevation eligibility are not affected. Electronic membership offers you reduced membership dues depending on the country in which you live. There are 150 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia that qualify. In most of these countries, electronic membership costs US$81-US$90. In 31 countries with extremely low incomes, IEEE membership dues are US$27. Professional members residing in eligible countries will see the electronic membership option automatically when they join or renew their IEEE membership.

See if you qualify for electronic membership.


About R8

Welcome to Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society, and comprises more than 360,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in 150 countries.
Founded in 1884, the IEEE is a non-profit organisation, and through its members is a catalyst for technological innovation. We are a leading authority in a broad range of areas such as computer engineering, electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, biomedical technology, and telecommunications, naming only a few.
We publish 30 percent of the world’s literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, and hold more than 300 major conferences and 6,000 local meetings annually. Recognized as essential guides for every industry, more than 800 active IEEE standards are in use today with 700 currently in development.
Please use the links at the left to navigate this website, and find out more about the Region and its activities.

Region 8 covers covers Europe, Middle East and Africa, as shown in the map below.

Region 8 Vision

Region 8 is an effectively organized, dynamic and influential entity, recognized as a leading and esteemed part of a truly transnational IEEE, with IEEE benefits equally available to all members

Region 8 Mission

To serve the needs of the members of the Institute, the profession and society at large, by enhancing and supporting the IEEE’s Organizational Units and their activities within Region 8


Professional Activities Speaker Program

Many Professional Activities topics (i.e. everything nontechnical contributing to members’ careers) can be covered best by local speakers familiar with the culture, background and experience level of participants. However, for international perspective and to create better links within IEEE, the PA committee is also maintaining a speaker program.

The speakers are all experienced lecturers giving multi-hour workshops. Some workshops even run over several days, according to speaker requirements.

The Speaker Program functions in a similar manner to Distinguished Lecturer programs run by many technical societies at IEEE. A local IEEE group (e.g Section, Student Branch, Young Professionals affinity group etc) may contact the speaker directly to find a suitable time. Local funding (by the IEEE section or sponsors) is necessary, but there is also funding available to cover travel expenses to/from the location.

We are also seeking additional speakers to cover a wider range of topics. See below for the criteria.

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Contacts

Please note that these mailing lists are primarily for internal use within the R8 committee. Therefore, please consider sending your message to a specific person rather than the whole mailing list.

Operating Committee (Opcom) r8opcom@ieee.org
Membership Activities r8ma@ieee.org

YP Subcommittee (part of MA)

r8yp@ieee.org

Membership Development (part of MA)

ieee-r8md@ieee.org
Technical Activities r8ta@ieee.org

Industrial Relations (part of TA)

reg08-irc@ieee.org
Student Activities Committee r8sac@ieee.org
Awards & Recognition Subcommittee r8awards@ieee.org

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