Khanh Luu




The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main activities in Region 8.


For its success, it relies heavily on the input from the Student Branch Officers, especially the Student Branch Counselor and the Student Branch Chair, but also on academic members especially those who form part of the local IEEE section


SPC is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity and to increase the visibility of the student branch.


It also makes the possible further promotion of IEEE among students.




Once every year, each IEEE R8 Student Branch (SB) may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of a local SPC generally means that contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are to be locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all R8/Sections/Chapters IEEE Conferences, having student papers sessions included in their programs, could and should also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as a SB is formally supporting and accepting any type of student papers contest activity, it is in line with the existing SPC rules. Student Branch Counselors should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, student activities officers, members of executive committees, …).


The winner(s) of each Student Branch Contest may compete for the Region 8 Contest, held within the Region 8 limits. A Student Branch may submit one paper per every 100 Student Branch members or part thereof, with a maximum of three papers per SB.


At the same time, especially in small branches where the managing of a local contest is very difficult,the IEEE section officers can encourage students to submit their work as a paper to the SPC. This is a good exercise for the student, especially those who intend to continue to a doctorate.




IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is for IEEE R8 student members or graduate student members who have not yet started their Ph.D. Only IEEE R8 student members could be authors of the IEEE R8 SPC papers. Since the five finalist papers are being included in the conference proceedings as well as in IEEE Xplore Library, the rules will now allow that the name of the supervisor/mentor may be added, as an author, to the final version of the paper sent to the conference organisation. This does not change in any way the basic rule that the submitted paper is the work of the student.


Each student author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch at the time of the original submission of the paper to the Branch Contest, and a member (student or not) of the IEEE at the time of the R8 Oral Finals presentation. The work presented has to be completed before



the student receives the engineering degree that entitles her/him to start preparing a doctoral thesis. The submission of the paper to the Region 8 SPC must be completed within 12 months after graduation. A doctoral thesis is not considered. Published work is excluded from the Contest.




Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject reasonably within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned with. The work need not be original in engineering or scientific content but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.




The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is usually December 1. Send papers by email to [email protected]. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.




A first evaluation phase (paper review) will be carried out by four jury members and the SPC Coordinator. The jury members may also use as reviewers experts in the pertinent subject area. They will grade the written papers sent by Student Branches to the Regional contest without knowledge of the identity of the authors and of their school. Based on this evaluation, the SPC Coordinator will decide which five papers will be accepted for presentation at the Regional Oral Finals. All five finalists will be invited and financially supported to present their papers at IEEE R8 EUROCON 2021 Conference, July 2021, Lviv Ukraine. The Jury members will grade the oral presentations and award the prizes. The papers will be published within MELECON 2020 Conference Proceedings and included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.   For the best three papers, there are awards of $800, $500, and $200 respectively.



SPC Rules


Further details on the SPC rules are available from the SAC website.


June 2020



Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Chairs,

Dear Student Branch Counselors,


All IEEE Region 8 Student Branches (SBs) are invited to participate in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2021.

Now is the time to look for good research work done by the students at the graduate or postgraduate level to encourage the students to prepare a suitable paper.

IEEER8 will fund all expenses for the best five paper authors from among those submitted to give an oral presentation of the work at EUROCON 2021 between July 6 – 8 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The five finalist papers are included in the conference proceedings and IEEEXplore. AND  for the best three papers, there are awards of $800, $500, and $200 respectively.

For more information, see the SPC Rules (Link).

The deadline to send full student papers for the contest is  usually around December 1


(If you are not SB Chair or SB Chapter Counselor any more, please transfer this call to responsible IEEE person(s) or reply to [email protected])


Kind Regards,

IEEE Region 8 SAC Team

Email: [email protected]



Special meeting on Innovative startups and entrepreneurs – IEEE MELECON 2020


MELECON 2020 is organizing innovations pitching competition followed by a special session of discussions on the topic with emphasis on recent events and upcoming economic trends.


This special meeting is structured in two panels dedicated to entrepreneurship financial and institutional supports and to some examples of successful startups. The first panel will focus on entrepreneurship supports for success. Funding, organization, management, business strategies and planning, incubators, guidance, mentorship, and institutional supports will be discussed with a particular focus on the COVID-19 scenario and consequences. The second panel will present some examples of successful and innovative startups with accent on challenges at time of pandemic.


Live video streaming will be held on 18 June 2020. You can find the event agenda here: entrepreneurs and innovative startups-MELECON2020.

IEEE Connecting Experts webinars by IEEE Young Professionals – June 2020

Building on the successful May edition, we are now growing and bringing you 13 webinars in June on topics of Entrepreneurship, Profession and Technology, with a new category introduced this month – Space. The program is also extended by additional collaboration of several local, regional and global IEEE organizational units: Lebanon, Denmark, Turkey and Sweden affinity groups, IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering, IEEE Microwaves Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals and IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative.



For IEEE members who would like to actively participate in the session by providing text, voice or video comments and questions during discussion, there is a possibility to participate in the Webex calls. For this, please register your e-mail within the following form (you may use IEEE login as well) and you will receive details for each upcoming webinar. You can also find this option in the IEEE Connecting Experts Calendar that will be regularly updated with Webex registration details together with events, topic and speaker descriptions.


For all others who are interested, we are going to live stream on our Facebook page and Youtube channel so feel free to share info with all of your friends and colleagues.


Keep healthy and safe,

IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals

IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative – Call for Ambassadors, by June 15, 2020

IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative, a program led by IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals and IEEE Region 8 Professional and Educational Activities, aimed at the segment of existing and potential members that habit the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We believe that IEEE encompasses a unique strength in this domain with the technical foundations of the organization and offers ability to shape an entrepreneurship endeavor innovative and impactful.


After we achieved a significant success in 2019 with 130 ambassadors from more than 20 countries in the region, who held 25 local events that resulted in over 35 technical innovations, finally leading to 6 finalist startups from all over our region, we are now kicking off a new edition. In 2020, we are planning a competition phase organized locally in sections, student branches and affinity groups, with local ambassadors, organizers and competition expert evaluators.


The role of motivating, organizing and implementing the competition in sections is the role of an IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative Ambassadors. While we are all adjusting to new ways of operation in the time of epidemics, response hackathons and datathons are already taking place around the world , with a hope that in-person events will be possible in 2nd half of the year. If you are a motivated volunteer interested in the technical innovations and shaping them to the entrepreneurship endeavor, we encourage you to fill the form – by June 15, 2020.


More information about the program can be found at our social media page and through the application form.


Check the photos of 2019 local events in the collage below.


IEEE Connecting Experts webinars by IEEE Young Professionals – May 2020

Dear IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals,
we hope you are all in good standing, healthy and safe in these difficult times.


Since the lock-down unfortunately cancelled or postponed plenty of our events, we are all turning to digital and online versions. With this, our IEEE Connecting Experts program of bringing speakers to industry is now also transferring to the online version, open for participation and streamed through our social media.


The program is consisted of series of webinars that are bringing a technical topic by an expert in a given field in form of a conference keynote style presentation of 30-45 minutes duration followed by Q&A, to the wide audience of young professionals, including MSc and PhD students, young industry professionals and young tech-entrepreneurs from Region 8. The online version is kicked-off as a response to the current pandemic confinement with a goal to provide education and engagement to the electrical engineering young professionals.


For IEEE members who would like to actively participate in the session by providing text, voice or video comments and questions during discussion, there is a possibility to participate in the Webex calls. For this, please register your e-mail within the following form (you may use IEEE login as well) and you will receive details for each upcoming webinar. You can also find this option in the IEEE Connecting Experts Calendar that will be regularly updated with Webex registration details together with events, topic and speaker descriptions.


The program will continue beyond May 2020 and we will send you regular monthly schedule over IEEE eNotice system.


For all others who are interested, we are going to live stream on our Facebook page and Youtube channel so feel free to share info with all of your friends and colleagues.


In cooperation with IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering and IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, we are bringing you few events in May on the following topics:



Keep healthy and safe,

IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals

R8 YP Team at Tunisian Student and Young Professionals Congress 2019

The Tunisian Students and Young Professionals congress is the annual congress for the IEEE student and young professionals in Tunisia. The congress attracts over 1000 IEEE members from different cities in Tunisia as well some other participants from neighbor countries. The congress is the unique event which brings more than 30 IEEE student branches to interact, collaborate, and increase effective networking. Furthermore, student branches compete to organize the next year congress.


IEEE Region 8 Young professionals committee was honored to participate in the 7th edition of the congress organized by IEEE ENIT Student Branch, from 15th December to the 17th December 2019 and held a YP introduction workshop that gathered more than 200 attendees.


During this workshop IEEE Members in Tunisia had the change to discover the Young professionals by asking questions to the YP committee. They also had fun by dancing Macarena with the Subcommittee Team.


by Seif El Hajjem



IEC and YP sponsored “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable development” Panel discussion at Power Africa

The 2019 IEEE PES/IAS Power Africa conference was held at the beautiful city of Abuja, Nigeria between the 20th to 24th August. Power experts, students, young professionals, government agencies, researchers and industry leaders assembled in the capital city of Nigeria during the conference. The first Panel sessions on day 1 of the Power Africa Conference was jointly sponsored by the Industry Engagement Committee and IEEE young professionals. It was attended by over 200 plus conference Attendees and also it was open to over 60+ non-conference Attendees. The panel session was the last activity of day 1 after which a cocktail Welcome party for power Africa was held.


The event commenced around 5:30pm (UTC+1) after the Tutorial sessions at the Auditorium. The title was “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable Development”. The session was moderated by Engr. John Funso Adebayo providing the brief about the topic and further invite the panellist to the stage for the discussions. The Panelist are Mr. Aliyu Folorunsho (MD/CEO of Telnet), Dr Joyce Wigwe ( General Electric Africa) providing legal and regulatory perspective, Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe (Africa Area Chair) providing the academia angel and bridging the gap with the industry and  Philippa Ngaju Makobore (UIRI) providing research and development perspective.


Each Panellist was provided with 5-7 mins to express his or her view on the topic and moderator further engage them with questions on topic. Audience were provided with opportunity to contribute. Amongst many contributors is Co-Founder of ISV Robin Podmore and Energy Expert Bai Blyden. Participants were satisfied with the take home from and session with the zeal to apply lesson learnt for their day to day activities.


by Abdullateef Aliyu


A great year for Young Professionals Germany

Just a few years ago, the IEEE Germany Section was a host of our IEEE R8 Student and Young Professionals congress. Today, Germany is a place of big events again. In 2019, IEEE Germany Young Professionals Affinity Group elected a new committee. This new committee, chaired by Ali Aboosaidi, started with a set of new activities and events, spread all over the Germany section. In just 6 months they managed to organize 5 events which were attended with more than 100 participants.

The activities started with a distinguished lecture on Autonomous Driving Testing and Validation, by Dr Hadj Hamma Tadjine, held at German International University in Berlin.
It is important to mention active participation of IEEE German YP AG at Symposium on Schottky barrier MOS devices “Towards neuromorphic and quantum computing applications”, which was held in France. The symposium was full day activity with several keynote talks and discussions, but it was also an opportunity for young people to meet some of the most recognized experts in this field like Dr John Snyder, Dr Satender Kataria, Dr Francesca Chiodi and many others.

The IEEE Germany YP AG also organises, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch GmbH, a company visit at the semiconductor headquarters of Bosch in Reutlingen, Germany. The visit took place on 20th April 2020 and offers a MEMS fab tour, marketplace, and workshops in specific semiconductor topics of integrated circuits (IC) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Beside of local activities, members of Germany YP AG took active participation in IEEE West Europe Student-Young Professional Congress (WESYP) where they exchanged knowledge and idea with other IEEE members.

More interesting events and activities are coming in 2020 in Germany.  Some of the already planned activities are Workshop on Smart Antennas,  distinguished lecture on the topic of  “Electromagnetic Compatibility for Wireless Power Transfer”, as well as some networking events. If you find your self around, our warm recommendation is to join these activities.