R8 WIE News

WIE Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

WIE Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!


We’re coming up with the FIRST global event of IEEE TRS WIE! WIE GLOBAL WEBINAR On December 16, Friday at 8.00 pm our valuable guests IEEE Region 8 SAC-WIE Corresponding member Sally Musonye and IEEE Kenyatta University Student Branch WIE Chair Valery Chebet are going to join us!


If you’re curious about how things are being handled and going on IEEE WIE globally, we’re sure that this webinar will be just for you💜.

You can catch up on the event on IEEE TRS Women in Engineering Youtube channel.


IEEE WIE Africa joins in the global WIE@25 celebrations!

WIE section Chairs across the continent have collaboratively put together again a second exciting end-of-the-year event where leaders from Africa will give presentations and talks under the topic ” Reflecting on our lives as women in the STEM career”. In addition to that, winners from the student writing competition will be announced!


This second celebration will be on Saturday 10th December 2022 at 11:00 A.M EAT.

So, what are you waiting for? It promises to be epic, register now:


Pre-University Educational Activities are changing the game for Girls in STEM

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Portugal Affinity Group and its Student Branch from Instituto Superior de Lisboa, WIE-IST, are co-organizing a series of webinars, as a hybrid event, free of charge.


You can now fill in the form below to register for the second webinar!


Title: Pre-University Educational Activities are changing the game for Girls in STEM
Date & Time: Nov 30, 2022 5:00 PM UTC+0 (Lisbon time)
Local: Online
Speaker: Stamatis Dragoumanos


About this webinar Stereotyping is an operation of the human mind which is established to process information more quickly. It is a skill and a curse that is being developed while we grow up and it depends on our experiences and the environment we grow up in. STEM education and especially student-centric collaborative educational methods motivate young students to question stereotypes, express their creativity freely and value each other not by their sex or color but by their kindness, their will to collaborate, and their personality. Pre-University Educational Activities encourage young students to go through that process and exploration providing aftermath of refreshing results to observe!


Stamatis Dragoumanos is a Software Engineer and Software Developer. He has a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering and Informatics and an MSc in Computer Science and Technology from University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Department. He also has a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras Chemical Engineering Department and an MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the National Technical University of Athens, Chemical Engineering Department.
He has 16 years of working experience in software development and he is currently working as a Software architect in the Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”. He also has 12 years of experience in teaching programming languages, algorithms, and data structures on a variety of student ages and education levels. He is an inquiry-based learning enthusiast and he strongly believes that soft skills development is one of the most important concepts that are missing in today’s Educational System. He is a certified Soft Skill Trainer by Erasmus+ and a certified Professional Scrum Master by scrum.org. Stamatis is the 2022 recipient of the IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement in Outreach and Informal Education Award and is currently serving as a volunteer in the following committees:
– IEEE EAB PreUniversity Education Coordination Committee, member
– IEEE Potentials Magazine Editorial Board, member
– IEEE The Institute Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, member
– IEEE Region 8 Professional and Educational Activities Committee, member


Register HERE

The Role of Data and Computer Science in the Training of Young Engineers

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Portugal Affinity Group and its Student Branch from Instituto Superior de Lisboa, WIE-IST, are co-organizing a series of webinars, as a hybrid event, free of charge.


You can now fill in the form below to register for the first webinar!


Topic: Data Science’s importance for young women
Title: The Role of Data and Computer Science in the Training of Young Engineers
Date & Time: Nov 22, 2022 12:30 PM GMT (Lisbon)
Local: Online or presential at IST Campus Alameda
Speaker: Cláudia Antunes


Cláudia Antunes is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa. She is PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering by the same university. Her research interests are in the area of Data Science, in particular to what concerns to the usage of knowledge domain and the exploration of the temporality to enrich the classification task. She has more than seventy papers published in journals and international conferences, and has supervised more than thirty Master thesis and a few PhDs. She has been lecturing data science courses for twenty years, both in graduation and post-graduation programs.


Register HERE

IEEE R8 WiE in IEEE R8 Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt

On October 15th 2022, during IEEE R8 Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of R8 WIE Committee, presented the activities of her amazing team for the promotion of women in engineering at Region 8 level.


As she finishes her term at the end of the year, the take-away message and key word of two-year activity of R8 WIE team is the visibility we gained as speakers at various international and R8 flagship IEEE conferences. We emphasize the importance of being technical speakers and have such interventions, on top of our other current activities.

A big thank you to the whole team at R8 WIE! You have been really amazing!



Technical paper writing workshop


The Technical paper writing preparation workshop will be held on Oct 31, 2022, at 07:00 PM Universal Time UTC

This workshop is hosted by IEEE R8 SAC, IEEE African Council, and IEEE R8 WIE.


We shall discuss the importance of writing technical papers and bring to your attention the contests and structure of a quality research paper. The best female student paper shall receive an award sponsored by the Africa Council.


Our members from R8 SAC will also contribute to this event.


The main guest is Eszter Lukács.


Eszter is a Client Services Manager and works with IEEE Xplore Digital Library customers located in Europe and Israel. She gained her Magister degree in Linguistics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the information industry, and she has joined IEEE in 2013. Eszter offers free online or on-site seminars mainly about IEEE Xplore Digital Library and trains the user communities, including librarians, engineers, researchers, students, and faculty. She speaks German, English, and Hungarian and is based in Berlin, Germany. Through her work, she is also supporting a lot of initiatives and the information needs of IEEE Student Branches.


With her experience, we are sure that you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from her and participate in the Q&A.


Here is the whole agenda for this event:


Moderator – Vildana Hrnjić
Opening remarks – Vera Marković
Introducing R8 WIE – Maria Alexandria Paun
About Africa Council – Adel Alimi
How to write a good Technical paper – Eszter Lukács
Closing remarks – Sally Musonye


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 865 3602 5054
Passcode: 400808



If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

See you on 31st October!



The event is done and you can watch it on demand at:



IEEE WIE Africa Student Writing Competition

In celebration of 25 years of IEEE Women in Engineering, WIE Affinity Groups across Africa collaboratively present; “A Student Writing Competition 2022″.


Each applicant may enter one piece of the following question; “Which Woman inspires you the most in the STEM career?”.


The essay will be written in English up to 1000 words. The final essays will be put forward to a prestigious judging panel and shortlisted.  Results from the competition will be announced in 3 weeks at a Mega WIE Africa online event on 26th November 2022.


Eligibility: The applicant must be a female student attending an African University.  Closing date is 6th November 2022.


Essay submission link: https://forms.gle/1shZ3etBvRVPswiK8

WIE/WIP Panel at Power Africa Conference 2022

Collaborative engagement in advancing STEM education in the power sector

Tremendous work and deliberate efforts have been put in place to promote the engagement of Women in Engineering and Women in Power globally. This continues to bear fruit as we have witnessed improved statistics, engagement, and progress in the aspects of work-life balance, breaking barriers of gender biases and representation in executive positions across the sectors.


However, there is room for improvement, while at the same time encouraging the younger generations to invest their time, careers, and research in STEM. Early mentorship of students from primary to university/tertiary levels through scholarships, internships and employment opportunities, play a pivotal role in supporting the education sector. It is essential to incorporate the intentional engagement of industry into the STEM academia to spark progress in key decision-making sectors and drive policy.


This panel seeks to deliberate on the existing opportunities in the power sectors and engineering that encourages the continuous engagement of STEM education and the current structures across the region that supports such engagement.


The panelists’ bios can be viewed on: https://ieee-powerafrica.org/women-in-engineering/


WIE Track at IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professionals Congress 2022

IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professionals Congress 2022 held in Tunis, Tunisia, from the 3rd to 7th of August. All participants has the opportunity to connect with each other but also to explore new opportunities and meet with the representatives from the various IEEE Region 8 Committees. IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering had a strong representation, through a full WiE track which consisted of:


Opening Ceremony Keynote:
Overall view of the WIE program and information, WIE team and details of the WIE track at the SYP Tunisia.
Please find the slides in this link.
Speaker: Wafa ben Hmida


Session: What does keystroke dynamics tell us about emotion and how AI can intuitively humanize computer interaction?
Speaker: Ilham Kallel
Abstract: Does keystroke dynamics tell us about emotions? and how Artificial Intelligence can intuitively humanize computer interaction?


Keynote 1:

Session: Managing a career along with a successful volunteer journey

Speaker: Margaretha Eriksson


– Why Volunteering is a career booster at work

– What you learn as a volunteer and how to use that knowledge at in life and at work

– How to chose your volunteering activities to support your professional development as leader and manager

– How volunteering makes you a better manager and leader


After the workshop you will know how to align your volunteering activities and work career to become a successful engineer and leader.


Keynote 2:

Session: Technology Challenges and Market Demand

Speaker: Samina Husain

Abstract: This presentation will review market demands, and the challenges and opportunities they present.  It will cover subjects from the home to the streets, such as viewing time of broadcast TV and the potential use of Autonomous Vehicles.  How are these technologies being used? What is their future landscape? How does IEEE play a role?

The workshop will also include an open Q/A and discussion session with the audience.